Any career woman who is a mom or hopes to become a mom someday knows the value of a company with a great parental leave policy. Sadly, many companies in the United States fall short in this area, leaving new parents in a position where they are forced to choose between the safety of their newborn babies and providing for their families.
While the United States is the only developed country in the world that does not have policies in place that mandate some form of paid maternity leave, some brands have begun to reevaluate thing and are recognizing how important paid leave is to new and growing families.
Thursday, music streaming service Spotify announced their amended parental leave policy, which affords new moms and dad—who are fulltime employees—with six months of paid parental leave. Even better, parents who welcomed children as late as 2013 are also eligible to cash in on the new policy. The leave can be taken at any time up until the child’s third birthday.
When parents are ready to return to work, they will also be eligible for the company’s Welcome Back program, which will afford them with the opportunity to gradually ease back into working full-time by either working from home, working part-time or taking on a more flexible schedule.
“This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives,” said Katarina Berg, Spotify’s Chief Human Resources Officer.
Hopefully, more companies will take notice and begin to follow in Spotify’s footsteps.
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