Netflix, Microsoft Offer Impressive Maternity Leave Program For Moms

News & Views | Gerren Keith Gaynor | 08/06/2015 | 11:00 AM EDT

Companies attempt to attract best talent by targeting working moms

New moms are winning over at Netflix and Microsoft!

The tech and entertainment companies are now offering impressive maternity (and paternity) leave, creating a competitive terrain for other corporations.

The most commendable maternity leave policy comes from Netflix, which offers its employees unlimited leave for the child's first year of life. The company announced the move on its blog. 

"Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay," the blog reads. "Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences."


While a move may seem lofty, the company is said to be attempting to recruit the best workers possible.

Microsoft also seems to understand the benefit of keeping your workers happy, particularly working moms. It too has announced an alluring maternity leave, with 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave.

"Today we provide eight weeks of fully paid maternity disability leave for new mothers, plusT 12 weeks of Parental Leave for all parents of new children of which four are paid and eight unpaid. For these parents to bring their best every day, they need time to take care of themselves and their family," Microsoft announced.

"For birth mothers, this is in addition to the eight weeks of maternity disability leave they currently receive, paid at 100 percent, enabling them to now take a total of 20 weeks of fully paid leave if they choose."

The company also said it will offer mothers the option to use Short-Term Disability Leave two weeks before their scheduled due date in order to “manage the physical impact that often comes with late pregnancy and to prepare for the upcoming birth.” 

A happy mom makes a happy job...

(Photos from left: Netflix, Microsoft)

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