USA: Amazon expands paid parental leave

Author: Martin Berman-Gorvine, Bloomberg, Published on: 18 November 2015

"Amazon Expands Parental Leave Offerings", 16 Nov 2015

Online retail giant Amazon has become the latest big retailer to expand paid parental leave…The company said it is now offering up to 20 paid weeks of leave, consisting of four weeks of paid pre-partum medical leave for pregnant employees, followed by 10 weeks of paid maternity leave and six weeks of paid parental leave. The latter is the new element and is also available to “all other new parents who have been at Amazon for a year or more,”…The company is also offering the option to “share” up to six weeks of that leave with a spouse or partner whose employer doesn't offer paid parental leave…That leave-share program is sex and sexual orientation blind…Netflix and Microsoft are among the companies that recently announced paid parental leave benefits for employees.

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