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Paid maternity leave: 180 companies who offer the most paid leave in 2017

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TAGS:Paid leave, Maternity leave, Women in the workplace, FMLA, Pregnancy

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 policies. 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 180 employers in 2017 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

  1. Companies That Offer Up To 52 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Netflix
    2. Bill & Melinda Gate Foundation

    Companies That Offer 39 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Army (British)

    Companies That Offer 32 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Automattic, Inc.

    Companies That Offer 26 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Adobe Systems
    2. Organizer Inc.
    3. AO.com
    4. Etsy
    5. Spotify
    6. Worldpay
    7. Zynga

    Companies That Offer 24 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Open Society Foundations
    2. eBay Inc.
    3. Motorola
    4. ZestFinance
    5. 72andsunny
    6. Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe

    Companies That Offer 22 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. FireEye
    2. Avaya
    3. Lenovo

    Companies That Offer 21 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Mitie
    2. Intel Corporation

    Companies That Offer 20 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Yammer
    2. Stonyfield Farms
    3. Winston & Strawn
    4. Microsoft
    5. Atlasssian
    6. Google
    7. Twitter
    8. Credit Suisse
    9. Dropbox
    10. Amazon
    11. American Express Company
    12. Standard Chartered
    13. Mozilla
    14. Tumblr

    Companies That Offer 18 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Squarespace
    2. Mailchimp
    3. Bloomberg
    4. WilmerHale
    5. BakerHostetler
    6. Wilson Sonsini
    7. CA Technologies
    8. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
    9. Allen & Overy
    10. Baker & McKensie
    11. Arnold & Porter
    12. Bracewell & Guiliani
    13. Brown Rudnick
    14. Cahill Gordon
    15. Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
    16. Capital One Financial Corporation
    17. Chadbourne & Park LLP
    18. Cleary Gottlieb
    19. Clifford Chance
    20. Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
    21. Cooley LLP
    22. Covington & Burling
    23. Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
    24. Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
    25. Foley & Lardner
    26. Hogan Lovells
    27. Jenner & Block
    28. Goodwin & Proctor
    29. Linklaters LLP
    30. Kirkland & Ellis
    31. Jones Day
    32. Perkins Coie
    33. Paul Weiss
    34. Mayer Brown
    35. Sidley Austin
    36. Squire Patton
    37. Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
    38. Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
    39. Paul Hastings
    40. Yum! Brands, Inc.
    41. Gunderson Dettmer
    42. Williams & Connelly LLP
    43. GoDaddy
    44. YouTube
    45. McDermott Will & Emery
    46. change.org
    47. Blizzard Entertainment
    48. Pepper Hamilton
    49. Dechert LLP
    50. Doctors Without Borders

    Companies That Offer 17 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Optimizely
    2. DLA Piper
    3. Instagram
    4. Johnson & Johnson
    5. Schlumberger
    6. Uber
    7. Opower
    8. Reddit
    9. Mixpanel

    Companies That Offer 16 Weeks Paid Maternity Leave

    1. Paypal
    2. Korn Ferry
    3. Tesla Motors
    4. Soundcloud
    5. Facebook
    6. Palantir
    7. L’Oreal Group
    8. Square
    9. Zillow
    10. Hill + Knowlton Strategies
    11. Quinn Emmanuel
    12. Accenture
    13. AllianceBernstein LP
    14. Avon
    15. Bain & Company
    16. Bank of America
    17. Barclays Bank
    18. Morgan Lewis
    19. Boston Consulting Group
    20. Deustche Bank
    21. Dun & Bradstreet
    22. EY
    23. Exelon
    24. Factset Research
    25. Fish & Richardson
    26. Genentech
    27. General Electric
    28. Holland & Knight
    29. IKEA
    30. JP Morgan Chase
    31. KPMG
    32. LinkedIn
    33. Morgan Stanley
    34. The New York Times
    35. Pinterest
    36. Oracle
    37. Procter & Gamble
    38. Reed Smith LLP
    39. SAP
    40. Sedgwick LLP
    41. SunTrust Banks
    42. Suntrust Robinson Humphrey
    43. Goldman Sachs
    44. UBS
    45. United Nations
       140. Watchell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
    1. Wells Fargo
    2. Yahoo!
    3. PIMCO
    4. Blackstone Group
    5. Vodafone Group
    6. Sun Edison
    7. Airbnb
    8. Groupon
    9. Github
    10. Reckitt Benckiser
    11. Kickstarter
    12. The Nation
    13. Media Math
    14. Marketo
    15. The Honest Company
    16. Proofpoint
    17. Patagonia
    18. Booking.com
    19. Blank Rome
    20. Applied Materials
    21. Gamechanger
    22. Zendesk
    23. Chegg
    24. Blue State Digital
    25. Simple
    26. Ustwo
    27. Velir
    28. Natural Resources Defense Council
    29. Meetup Inc.
    30. JustGiving
    31. Anheuser-Busch
    32. AXA
    33. California Certified Organic Farmers
    34. Intact Financial
    35. 15Five
    36. VSCO
    37. OCH-Ziff Capital Management Group LLC
    38. Fidelity Investments
    39. Spring
    40. Lowenstein Sandler LLP

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