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Netflix Just Made Another Huge Stride On Parental Leave

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Parenting Leave For All

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Starting this year, all hourly workers will also get paid parental leave with 100 percent of their of their normal salary. However, the length of time off will vary depending on what part of the company they work for.

It’s not perfect, but it’s a major move in the right direction!

While idealistically Netflix would like to treat all their employees completely equally, rather than having a two-tiered system, it’s difficult for them to do that without paid parental leave becoming backed at the national level.

“If you handle parental leave at the enterprise level, the incentives for the enterprise are to give a rich benefits package to highly valued, high human-capital workers and not give it to hourly workers,” said the director of the University of California Hastings Center for WorkLife Law to NPR. “I wouldn’t necessarily fault [Netflix],” she continued. “That’s just a structural reality, if you don’t have what every civilized, industrialized country in the world has, which is parental leave financed at the national level. The reality of relying on the market to deliver what should be a basic benefit of citizenship is that hourly workers end up on the short end of the stick.”

Check out the new packages for each of their divisions after the jump…

The Plan

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Here’s the new plan that Netflix released to the public:

Streaming: 16 weeks for maternity, paternity and adoptions at full pay. Previously, we didn’t cover paid leave for paternity and adoptions. In the past, maternity disability pay was all we covered, at ⅔.
DVD: 12 weeks for maternity, paternity and adoptions at full pay. Previously we didn’t cover paid leave for paternity and adoptions. In the past, maternity disability pay was all we covered, at ⅔.
[Customer Service]: 14 weeks for maternity, paternity and adoptions at full pay. In the past, maternity disability was all we covered, at 60% of pay. Previously we didn’t cover paid leave for paternity and adoptions.

We applaud Netflix for going leaps and bounds above the norm, even if they’ve taken some hits on equanimity. It’s still one of the best plans available out there until we get new legislation to back this type of plan at the national level.

It is nice to know that there’s a company out there that really supports the biggest job you’ll ever really have — parenting.

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