Netflix Gives Employees Unlimited Maternity/Paternity Leave

As if changing the world with TV and movies wasn’t enough, Netflix is also changing the way companies deal with maternity and paternity leave.

Netflix announced they would be offering unlimited maternity and paternity leave for their employees for the first full year after the birth of a child or an adoption, according to a report from USA Today. With that unlimited leave, employees will also continue to receive their normal pay.

Why would Netflix do such a thing when they’re obviously losing some money to offer employees paid leave? Well, the answer is pretty simple, via USA Today:

“We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances,” said Tawni Cranz, Netflix’s Chief Talent Officer, in a statement.

Apparently, Netflix higher-ups watch one of the funniest shows on TV, Last Week Tonight With Jon Oliver, which also happens to be an HBO show. Earlier this summer, Oliver and his minions took on the issue of maternity and paternity leave in America. Needless to say, they nailed it!

Check it out!

It’s good to see a company take a stand on an issue that affects a very large chunk of the population. Perhaps, other companies will see what Netflix is building and will follow suit, extending unlimited paid time off to everyone for a year after a child’s birth or adoption. I’m not an economist, but from a morale and loyalty perspective, it seems like a great idea!


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