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Great Companies for Working Parents

Posted by Patrick Ball on 13 Aug 2015

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For employers competing for the best and brightest of today’s talent, family care benefits, like maternity leave, paternity leave and child care assistance, are no longer a “nice-to-have” work perk, they’re a must-have employee benefit. 

The emergence of family-friendly employee benefits as a competitive advantage is a response to a number of converging factors: A rebounding economy, evolving views on traditional gender roles, the arrival of Millennials and an explosion of awareness around the importance of maternity and paternity leave.  

Family care benefits don't just help with recruiting and retention. A recent survey commissioned by Care.com Workplace Solutions found that 90 percent of employees have left work due to family responsibilities and more than 40 percent say the lack of family care benefits impacts their job performance. Meanwhile, care-related productivity loss costs American businesses tens of billions annually. 

Here, we have aggregated some of the best examples of companies with family-friendly employer benefits meant to support working parents. 

This list is meant to be a living, breathing roundup of modern employers that put programs in place to support our modern families. We've set paid parental leave for both new moms and dads as the bar you must meet to be included in the list. 

We'll be updating this post regularly, so please let us know of any we might have missed and share your compay's initiatives in the comments below. 

Netflix
Maternity Leave: Unlimited within the first year  
Paternity Leave: Unlimited within the first year 
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Netflix is well known for its “unlimited” vacation policy, and innovative approach to talent management that emphasizes performance, freedom and responsibility.

Google
Maternity Leave: 18 weeks (22 if there are complications)
Paternity Leave: 12 weeks
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Google provides family care benefits for employees, and gives new parents $500 for “baby bonding.”

Facebook
Maternity Leave: 4 months
Paternity Leave: 4 months
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Facebook’s generous family care benefits include a $4,000 “new child benefit and subsidized child care. Additionally, Facebook offers telecommuting and flexwork options, and up to $20,000 worth of fertility and family planning benefits.

Arnold & Porter
Maternity Leave: 18 weeks (primary caregiver)
Paternity Leave: 6 weeks (secondary caregiver)
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Arnold & Porter supports working parents with employer-provided child care benefits, up to $30,000 in fertility treatment benefits, flex-time and compressed work schedules, numerous family-friendly functions and up to six weeks of paid primary caregiver leave to employees who need to care for a seriously ill family member.

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EY
Maternity Leave: up to 26 weeks (combination of medical and parental leave)
Paternity Leave: 4 weeks (16 if they’re the primary caregiver) 
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: EY, known for its work-life programs, provides family care benefits, and new parent coaching and mentorship opportunities for working parents.

AIG  
Maternity Leave: 8 weeks of paid parental leave taken immediately after birth, 2 weeks of bonding time taken any time within the first year  
Paternity Leave: 8 weeks of paid parental leave immediately, 2 weeks of bonding time to take any time within the first year

Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: In addition to paid parental leave, AIG provides child care assistance benefits for employees. 

Bank of America
Maternity Leave: 12 weeks
Paternity Leave:  12 weeks
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: In addition to paid maternity, paternity and adoption leave, Bank of America supports working parents by providing child care assistance benefits, including backup care and child care reimbursement, as well as flexible work arrangements.

Adobe
Maternity Leave: up to 26 weeks (combination of medical and parental leave)
Paternity Leave: 4 weeks (16 if they’re the primary caregiver)
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: In addition to its parental leave, Adobe supports working families with 10 weeks of paid medical leave and 4 weeks of paid family care leave.

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Microsoft
Maternity Leave: 20 weeks
Paternity Leave: 12 weeks
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Microsoft provides employees with the flexibility to take all of their parental leave all at once, or split in two periods, as well as “Family Fun Fridays” at the company’s Washington headquarters.

Twitter
Maternity Leave: 20 weeks for birth mothers
Paternity Leave: 10 weeks ford dads and adoptive parents
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Before and after their leaves, Twitter supports working parents with family care benefits, as well as employee resource groups, like “Dads on Leave” roundtables and “Mommy Mentor” programs, to help with the transition to parenthood.

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Reddit
Maternity Leave: 17 weeks 
Paternity Leave: 17 weeks
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: 

Care.com
Maternity Leave: 12 weeks paid 100% (for primary caregivers)
Paternity Leave: 2 weeks paid 100%  (for non-primary caregivers)
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Care.com provides employees with free access to local care providers through Care.com, employer-subsidized backup child care, subsidized payroll and tax services for household employees, employee-run working parent support groups, private Mother’s room, flexible scheduling and remote work options.

Patagonia
Maternity Leave: 8 weeks
Paternity Leave: 8 weeks paid
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: Employer-provided child care, results-first culture that allows flexibility for all employees. Additionally, Patagonia, like Care.com, has endorsed the FAMILY Act.

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PwC
Maternity Leave: 6 weeks consecutive or 15 days intermittent leave
Paternity Leave: 6 weeks or 15 days of intermittent leave
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: PwC encourages working parents to take advantage of work from home options and provides unlimited sick days to care for yourself or your children. Additional resources for working parents include a “Prepared Parent” resource booklet, “Mentor Moms” program, mother’s room, nursing moms program and employer-provided child care.

HubSpot
Maternity Leave: 12 weeks
Paternity Leave:  6 weeks
Other family-friendly work-life benefits and perks: HubSpot offers employer-provided child care benefits, flexible schedules and telecommuting options, lactation rooms, fertility treatments, unlimited vacation.  

KPMG
Maternity Leave: 9 paid weeks,
Paternity Leave: 2 paid weeks
Other: KPMG offers up to 12 weeks unpaid leave for adoptive parents, 26 job guaranteed weeks leave for birth, adoption, or fostering, as well as childcare discounts, adoption reimbursement, backup child and elder care, and new parent education programs. 

Accenture
Maternity Leave: 16 weeks paid birth mothers, 8 weeks primary caregivers
Paternity Leave: 2 weeks (secondary caregivers)
Other: Accenture understands that family needs can be unpredictable and supports employees with the flexibility to deal with family emergencies, such as 3-month leave and flexible transition optons. 

Capital One
Maternity Leave: 8 paid weeks
Paternity Leave: 2-6 paid
Other: In addition to paid parental leave for birt hparents,, Capital One  provides 6 weeks of paid weeks for adoptive parents, $10,000 in adoption aid, unlimited coverage on infertility treatments and child care assistance benefits. 

Deloitte
Average Maternity Leave: 8 weeks paid leave + 6-8 weeks disability benefits
Average Paternity Leave: 3 weeks paid leave (secondary caregivers)
Other: Deloitte supports working parents by providing emergency backup care resources 

MasterCard
Maternity Leave: 4 paid weeks
Paternity Leave: 3 paid weeks
Other: MasterCard employees benefit from adoption assistance, child care benefits, college scholarships and more.

MetLife
Maternity Leave: 8 weeks paid leave
Paternity Leave: 2 weeks paid leave
Other: Adoptive parents at MetLife get 2 weeks paid leave, while all working parents have access to 15 days of backup care, and pregnancy, adoption and tuition assistance. 

Prudential Financial
Maternity Leave: Up to 26 weeks (first two fully paid)
Paternity Leave: 2 weeks fully paid 
Other: Prudential really takes care of parents after they return from leave, including lactation programs, parenting and education seminars, dependent backup care, backup elder care, child care benefits, college coaching, scholarships, and loans, as well as $10,000 in adoption aid and foster care benefits.

State Street
Maternity Leave: 4 weeks (primary caregiver)
Paternity Leave: 2 weeks (secondary caregivers)
Other: Along with paid parental leave, State Street provides $5,000 adoption reimbursement, lactation services, caregiver resources and backup care. 

 

 

This list is meant to be an aggregation of companies with programs and policies designed to support parents in the workplace. If you know of any we've missed, please let us know. And add your own company's initiatives in the comments below! 

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