In Focus: Increasingly, Parental Leave Policies Born Out of Necessity

By Kathy Gurchiek Nov 4, 2015

In New Twist, Amazon to Let Employees Share Parental Leave Benefit with Their Spouses

Starting Jan. 1, online retail giant Amazon will increase the number of paid pre-partum medical leave, paid maternity leave and paid parental leave for its employees. It also has created an unusual “leave share” program that provides paid parental leave for a spouse or partner who works at another company but doesn’t have access to paid leave.
(Washington Post)

Amazon to Give New Dads Paid Leave, a First for Company

For the first time, all new dads at will be eligible for paid time off. The new rules add six weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents. This includes not just women who’ve given birth but also their partners and spouses.
(USA Today)

Millennial Dads Demand Flexible Hours, Robust Benefits to Help Raise Kids

As Generation Y fathers shoulder more parenting responsibility, their workplace expectations rise.

The Rush Toward Paid Parental Leave: Why Now?

Why, just over the past few months, has there been a rush of companies offering paid parental leave, when it’s something working parents would almost certainly have welcomed decades ago? As Amazon joins other employers offering the perk—Hilton, Netflix, Microsoft--experts explore reasons behind the sudden interest.

Is Extended Paid Parental Leave the Wave of the Future?

Big-name companies find recruiting and keeping talent requires accommodating working parents. (SHRM)

To Compare Your Workflex Strategies with Other Companies’ …

Use this free workflex assessment from SHRM and the Families and Work Institute.
(SHRM Online)

For More Tips on Work/Life Balance …

Get the book Workflex by the Families and Work Institute and SHRM.

Kathy Gurchiek is the associate editor at HR News. Follow her @SHRMwriter.


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