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2015 Top Fairygodboss Employer Moments

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TAGS: Lyft, Gates Foundation, Microsoft, Women in the workplace, McKinsey, Netflix, Adobe, Google, Intel, Paternity leave, Parental leave, Maternity leave, Gender equality, Salesforce, Accenture

As we look back on 2015, we wanted to celebrate the good work that employers have done to help support women in the workplace. These #fairygodboss employers really impressed us!

1. In January, Lyft makes 2 new senior-level female hires which makes it's executive team ~50/50 balanced in terms of gender. The company also implements a 3-month paid maternity leave policy.

2. In April, led by CEO, Marc Benioff, Salesforce announces a compensation audit to make sure men and women at the company are paid equally and fairly for their work. This results in a $3 million adjustment to female employees over the year.

3. In June, Intel launches $125 million fund to invest in businesses led by women and underrepresented minorities.

4. By July, Google and other tech companies following its example saw the one year anniversary of an initiative to release employee  diversity data. While the industry revealed modest progress in 2015, many pledged to try harder and we are encouraged by these companies' continued commitment to transparency.

5. In August, Netflix announces an unlimited parental leave policy for full-time salaried employees, and later extends paid maternity leave to it's hourly employees.

6. Adobe doubles its paid maternity leave to 26 weeks and increases paternity and adoptive leave to 16 weeks in August.

7. In the same month, Microsoft extends parental leave policies so new moms can take a total of 20 weeks of paid time off.

8. In September, everyone talks about McKinsey's study of what ~30,000 employees at 118 companies say about the state of gender equality in the workforce. There findings are sobering, but what isn't measured is unlikely to change.

9. In the same month, Hilton Worldwide announces industry-leading maternity leave benefits for the hospitality industry. Employees at corporate offices and managed hotels with a minimum of 1 year of service will receive 10 weeks of fully paid leave.

10. In October, the Gates Foundation expended its paid parental and maternity leave to one full year of leave for new and adoptive parents.

11. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names the country's first 50/50 gender-balanced cabinet because "It's 2015" in November.

12 Accenture amplifies the discussion of gender equality in partnership with the Huffington Post with stories from 130,000 of its women to highlight challenges, inspire others, and provide advice  to others.

We believe stories and voices matter at Fairygodboss, and we hope to keep hearing from employers and women in 2016!

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Related Community Discussions

  • Does anyone here work for a major financial institution in the new york metropolitan area? I have yet to find a straight answer on the internet or the company website regarding when my eligibilty for 16 week paid maternity leave would start. Are paid maternity leave benefits usually the same across the board for all major financial firms? I just found out I am pregnant (in my first trimester) and by the time I take my maternity leave I would be only nine months in my new job. Would like to hear about your company's eligibility requirements for paid maternity leave here please. Thank you so much...

  • I recently got engaged, will be married October 2017. My fiance and I want to start a family right away. My job does not have paid maternity leave. Would it be premature for me to advocate for paid leave? My initial thought process was to figure this out as soon as possible. Maybe I should start looking for another job; researching other companies I noticed that most (all the one's that I saw) require employees to have been employed for a year before being offered paid maternity leave.

    If I could have my way I would stay where I am at and get paid leave.

    I have a positive relationship with my boss and can talk about this with him, however; he isn't the one who ultimately makes this decision, corporate does.

  • I am currently 36 weeks pregnant and gearing up to go on maternity leave at the end of the month. I recently came across a new job oppurnity that would be better for my family. I'm at the finishing stages of interviewing with this new company and I am worried that I will find out I got the job while on maternity leave. My question is, what happens to my maternity benefits and how do I go about leaving my current job without issue?

  • Any advice for someone searching for work during their first trimester of pregnancy? I currently work with a temp agency for income and am applying for my next role. From what I've read on the boards, it seems that most women are firmly established at their companies but I was forced to look for a new role outside of my former company due to a health condition. They were unwilling to move me to a different role within the company. Any suggestions on how to navigate the next 4-6 months before giving birth?

  • I'm 12 weeks pregnant and just met with HR to find out about our Maternity Leave program only to learn that they only give us unpaid leave (you have to file for state disability to get your 55% salary during those weeks) In talking with other moms, I found they all came back early (because who can really afford to take a big pay cut when you have a new little one to tend to?)

    It never occurred to me to check because kids weren't on the radar when I applied for the job, but I'm totally disheartened that my company that "prides itself" on caring about its people doesn't have something better in place. Has anyone gone to HR to see about improving their policies? I know as a whole our organization had a 12 year tenure when I started and a pretty high average age, so it may have not been on their radar, but I'm shocked that they aren't more progressive. Any advice??

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2015 Top Fairygodboss Employer Moments

2015 Top Fairygodboss Employer Moments

As we look back on 2015, we wanted to celebrate the good work that employers have done to help support women in the workplace. These #fairygodboss employe...

As we look back on 2015, we wanted to celebrate the good work that employers have done to help support women in the workplace. These #fairygodboss employers really impressed us!

1. In January, Lyft makes 2 new senior-level female hires which makes it's executive team ~50/50 balanced in terms of gender. The company also implements a 3-month paid maternity leave policy.

2. In April, led by CEO, Marc Benioff, Salesforce announces a compensation audit to make sure men and women at the company are paid equally and fairly for their work. This results in a $3 million adjustment to female employees over the year.

3. In June, Intel launches $125 million fund to invest in businesses led by women and underrepresented minorities.

4. By July, Google and other tech companies following its example saw the one year anniversary of an initiative to release employee  diversity data. While the industry revealed modest progress in 2015, many pledged to try harder and we are encouraged by these companies' continued commitment to transparency.

5. In August, Netflix announces an unlimited parental leave policy for full-time salaried employees, and later extends paid maternity leave to it's hourly employees.

6. Adobe doubles its paid maternity leave to 26 weeks and increases paternity and adoptive leave to 16 weeks in August.

7. In the same month, Microsoft extends parental leave policies so new moms can take a total of 20 weeks of paid time off.

8. In September, everyone talks about McKinsey's study of what ~30,000 employees at 118 companies say about the state of gender equality in the workforce. There findings are sobering, but what isn't measured is unlikely to change.

9. In the same month, Hilton Worldwide announces industry-leading maternity leave benefits for the hospitality industry. Employees at corporate offices and managed hotels with a minimum of 1 year of service will receive 10 weeks of fully paid leave.

10. In October, the Gates Foundation expended its paid parental and maternity leave to one full year of leave for new and adoptive parents.

11. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau names the country's first 50/50 gender-balanced cabinet because "It's 2015" in November.

12 Accenture amplifies the discussion of gender equality in partnership with the Huffington Post with stories from 130,000 of its women to highlight challenges, inspire others, and provide advice  to others.

We believe stories and voices matter at Fairygodboss, and we hope to keep hearing from employers and women in 2016!

Fairygodboss

Fairygodboss is committed to improving the workplace and lives of women. 
Join us by reviewing your employer!

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