Did you know the United States has one of the worst policies for paternity and maternity leave in the developed world? Netflix Inc. has decided to go against the grain and complete destroy the notion of paternal leave in our country.
Netflix already provides workers with unlimited vacation time and now that policy is extending to parental leave.
New parents are now allows to take off as much time as they need in the first year of their child’s birth or adoption.
The Los Gatos, California-based Netflix said Tuesday in a blog post that employees will be kept on the payroll and won’t be switched over to disability.
“We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances,” the company said. “Parents can return part-time, full-time or return and then go back out as needed.”
An increasing number of tech companies are realizing that their employees are more likely to work hard and stay in the office for longer periods of time when they are given flexibility.
Here’s how the United States currently stacks up to other developed countries in terms of paternity leave:
It will be interesting to see how this new unlimited paternity leave policy works out for the company in the months and years ahead.