Unlike nearly every other developed nation in the world, the U.S. does not guarantee paid parental leave; in fact, the U.S. Department of Labor states that only 13% of employees get any kind of paid leave when they take time off from work to care for a new child.
Because there’s no unified standard, it’s up to individual employers to decide on their regulations -- which is why we’ve been keeping an eye on those that have recently adapted their policies to offer more generous paid leave benefits for U.S. employees. Among these companies are IKEA, whose paid parental leave is groundbreaking in that it applies to all employees (both salaried and hourly, regardless of gender), and American Express, which announced in December that as of the first day of 2017, both male and female employees with new children can take 20 weeks of fully-paid leave.
In addition to keeping track of these recent announcements, Fairygodboss offers a free, comprehensive, crowdsourced Maternity Leave Database that ranks companies’ maternity leave policies by most paid weeks. This is an invaluable resource for job seekers who are expecting to have children (whether in the near or distant future), as they may not feel comfortable asking their employer or a prospective employer the specifics on their parental leave policies.
Which other companies rank highest? Check out our maternity leave database to find out -- and please submit an anonymous tip to make this an even better resource!
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