A groundswell of Silicon Valley companies have recently started trying to attract the best talent by offering something very different from well-stocked cafeterias and on-site laundry: paid parental leave.
It’s an attractive perk, especially if you live in the United States. According to the Department of Labor, only 12 percent of private sector workers have access to paid parental leave in the US, and tech companies are taking note. In past weeks, Netflix, Microsoft, and Adobe have all upgraded their paid maternity and paternity leave policies. Meanwhile, Google—YouTube’s parent company—offers birth moms 18 paid weeks off and gives new dads 12 weeks. Why? “It’s good for business,” Wojcicki said.