byFairygodbosson Aug 01, 2016

Paid maternity leave: 140 companies who offer the most paid leave in 2016

Maternity leave policies

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Only 12% of employees in the United States have paid maternity leave. Unlike almost every other industrialized nation in the world, there is no federal requirement that employees receive any payment during the time they take off for the birth of their child. While there is a federal law offering paid maternity leave, the vast majority of women in the United States do not enjoy access to any paid job protection after the birth of a new baby.

There is, however, a federal requirement under the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), that many women without access to paid maternity leave use to at least take unpaid time off from work and in order to be able to return to their jobs after childbirth. FMLA protects a worker’s job for up to 12 weeks during any 12 month period if she meets certain eligibility criteria (e.g. she has worked for an employer for at least 1 year, clocking a minimum of 1,250 hours and her employer has at least 50 employees within 75 miles of her physical worksite).

Those who are fortunate to qualify for more than FMLA  do so because they benefit from their employer’s benefit poilcies. Private companies and employers will offer maternity leave policies, paternity leave policies and short-term disability policies for their employees in addition to traditional benefits like healthcare insurance and vacation benefits. In the past couple years, in particular, there has been tremendous movement on the part of private employers to fill the gap and provide payment to employees during their parental leave. These companies are motivated by several things: attracting and retaining new moms and parents in their workforce, as well as trying to do the right thing, and finally reducing the cost of turnover from employees who may feel unable to continue to work at the same company after the large, life-changing event of starting a family and having a baby.

Due to the fact that it’s often hard for employees to ask about their maternity leave policies for fear of being stigmatized or judged as less committed (which is particularly true for women who fear being “mommy tracked” at work), it’s often very hard for women to find out what their employers’ policies are. Therefore, we have crowdsourced a maternity leave database of over 1,500 employers in the U.S. and sorted their maternity and paternity leave policies by industry and length.

Certain patterns emerge among the companies that offer these very high levels of paid leave. First, they are largely for-profit institutions (the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, change.org and the United Nations being a few of the exceptions), and they are largely relatively large organizations with large, white-collar, professional workforces. They also tend to cluster around 3-4 different industries. Law firms, technology companies (particularly consumer technology companies), financial services firms as well as consulting firms tend to dominate this list of employers with generous parental leave policies. One thing to note is that while these policies may exist for professional staff at these companies, certain employers choose to offer different benefits to contractual, part-time, hourly workers or other classifications of employees. At law firms, for example, attorneys may be eligible for paid maternity leave while administrative, operational and paralegal staff may have access to a lower level of benefit.

A few another thing to note is that many of these companies offer different levels of paternity leave to their employees, or make a designation regarding who is the “primary caretaker”, which means that one person of a presumed two-person household may be entitled to a longer leave if he / she is the primary caretaker for the child. It’s a gender neutral term that some employers have chosen to set their parental policy around, rather than pick a policy for a mother or father of a child.

Finally, just as a few employers have chosen to give their employees “unlimited” paid time off (or PTO), a couple (notably Netflix) also offer unlimited paid family leave. This leaves the decision as to time off for maternity or paternity leave with the individual employee and his / her manager. There is obviously no obligation to take any certain period of maternity leave so some employees may come back within a much shorter time than the full potential allotment they are entitled to (in this case 52 weeks in the year following the birth of their child).

Without further ado, here are the top 140 employers in 2016 when it comes to paid maternity leave. Each of the employers in the below list offer at least 16 weeks of paid maternity leave. If your company is missing from the list or we have incorrect information, please submit an anonymous tip on in our database

           Companies That Offer Up To 52 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  1. Netflix
  2. Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation

    Companies That Offer 36 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  3. Mitie (UK-company)

    Companies That Offer 32 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  4. Automattic, Inc.

    Companies That Offer 26 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  5. Adobe Systems
  6. Organizer Inc.
  7. AO.com
  8. Etsy
  9. Spotify
  10. Worldpay

    Companies That Offer 24 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  11. Open Society Foundations
  12. eBay Inc.
  13. Motorola
  14. ZestFinance

    Companies That Offer 22 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  15. FireEye
  16. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  17. Avaya

    Companies That Offer 20 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  18. Yammer
  19. Stonyfield Farms
  20. Winston & Strawn
  21. Microsoft
  22. Atlasssian
  23. Google
  24. Twitter
  25. Credit Suisse

    Companies That Offer 18 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  26. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  27. Goodwin & Proctor
  28. BakerHostetler
  29. Linklaters LLP
  30. Chadbourne & Park LLP
  31. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  32. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  33. Kirkland & Ellis
  34. Cooley LLP
  35. Hogan Lovells
  36. Williams & Connelly LLP
  37. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
  38. Pepper Hamilton
  39. YouTube
  40. Cleary Gottlieb
  41. Bracewell & Guiliani
  42. Jones Day
  43. Squarespace
  44. Jenner & Block
  45. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
  46. Squire Patton
  47. Perkins Coie
  48. Allen & Overy
  49. Paul Weiss
  50. Baker & McKensie
  51. Crowell & Moring
  52. Blizzard Entertainment
  53. Covington & Burling
  54. Arnold & Porter
  55. Cahill Gordon
  56. Apple
  57. change.org
  58. WilmerHale
  59. Gunderson Dettmer
  60. Bloomberg
  61. Dechert LLP
  62. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
  63. Sidley Austin
  64. Mailchimp
  65. Brown Rudnick
  66. Wilson Sonsini
  67. Clifford Chance
  68. Foley & Lardner
  69. Mayer Brown
  70. Paul Hastings
  71. McDermott Will & Emery

    Companies That Offer 17 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  72. Johnson & Johnson
  73. DLA Piper
  74. Uber
  75. Schlumberger
  76. Facebook
  77. Instagram
  78. Optimizely
  79. Reddit
  80. Opower
  81. Deustche Bank

    Companies That Offer 16 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

  82. Zendesk
  83. Zillow
  84. Reckitt Benckiser
  85. Dropbox
  86. Fidelity Investments
  87. Morgan Lewis
  88. Blackstone Group
  89. Paypal
  90. Bank of America
  91. Factset Research
  92. Bain & Company
  93. Morgan Stanley
  94. Sedgwick LLP
  95. Wachtell Lipton
  96. Pinterest
  97. Goldman Sachs
  98. The Honest Company
  99. PIMCO
  100. Github
  101. California Certified Organic Farmers
  102. Quinn Emmanuel
  103. Fish & Richardson
  104. Sun Edison
  105. Applied Materials
  106. Meetup Inc.
  107. Groupon
  108. Vodafone Group
  109. Barclays Bank
  110. LinkedIn
  111. 15Five
  112. Intact Financial
  113. KPMG
  114. Accenture
  115. Blank Rome
  116. Anheuser-Busch
  117. JP Morgan Chase
  118. Airbnb
  119. Square
  120. Blue State Digital
  121. Boston Consulting Group
  122. Yahoo!
  123. United Nations
  124. Amazon
  125. Velir
  126. Gamechanger
  127. Media Math
  128. Proofpoint
  129. EY
  130. Kickstarter
  131. L’Oreal Group
  132. The Nation
  133. Palantir
  134. ustwo
  135. Holland & Knight
  136. Genentech
  137. SAP
  138. Korn Ferry
  139. Marketo
  140. Chegg


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