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An Early Xmas Present of Parental Leave

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TAGS: Maternity leave, Paternity leave, Parental leave, Paid leave, PayPal

Nation Magazine and the News Guild of New York reached a groundbreaking deal on parental leave yesterday. The union and The Nation reached an agreement that effective January 1, new parents of either gender (including adoptive parents) would receive 16 weeks of paid leave to care for their new child. In a world where these types of leave policies are typically reserved for high-flying technology companies, we applaud the publisher for being a leader on this important family issue. Will other employers follow suit? This may increase the pressure on other newsrooms to increase their benefits.

Today, PayPal also announced it was expanding it's parental leave to 16 fully paid weeks of maternity leave for birth mothers as well as 8 weeks of paid bonding time for fathers, same-sex couples and domestic partners for employees in the United States. We've updated our maternity leave database, accordingly!

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Related Community Discussions

  • 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??

  • Good morning!
    I am seriously stressing about tell my work I am pregnant. Right now I am 9 weeks and 3 days. I work in a very competitive industry (recruiting) just got promoted to Assistant Manager this year and the bosses are mostly men. Its a small business so you would think its family friendly but its not so much. I take on a huge work load and I know it will be upsetting to them (As happy as I am) I know there is nothing they can do legally but I am still scared. I am 38 years old, this is my first, have been at this small company for 8 years. Hard worker for sure so this will be unexpected. I know they do not have maternity leave here so we follow what the state offers. We get short term disability in New Jersey ( 4 weeks before, 6 after) and then I think we can take 6 weeks of FMLA. Now I know once I tell them they do ask what my plan is. I honestly have no idea what my plan is!! Do I need the 4 weeks before? After how long!

    Also, I am going on a preplanned vacation April 1-10, do I tell them when I get back or before I leave?

    Thank you in advance for ANY help, advice, I am quite stressed out!

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An Early Xmas Present of Parental Leave

An Early Xmas Present of Parental Leave

Nation Magazine and the News Guild of New York reached a groundbreaking deal on parental leave yesterday. The union and The Nation reached an agreem...

Nation Magazine and the News Guild of New York reached a groundbreaking deal on parental leave yesterday. The union and The Nation reached an agreement that effective January 1, new parents of either gender (including adoptive parents) would receive 16 weeks of paid leave to care for their new child. In a world where these types of leave policies are typically reserved for high-flying technology companies, we applaud the publisher for being a leader on this important family issue. Will other employers follow suit? This may increase the pressure on other newsrooms to increase their benefits.

Today, PayPal also announced it was expanding it's parental leave to 16 fully paid weeks of maternity leave for birth mothers as well as 8 weeks of paid bonding time for fathers, same-sex couples and domestic partners for employees in the United States. We've updated our maternity leave database, accordingly!

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