Magazine article Working Mother

The Best vs. the Rest

Magazine article Working Mother

The Best vs. the Rest

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Thirty years of raising the bar has lifted benefits at the Best Companies miles above those offered by most employers.

Although a few tech companies have made waves in recent months with announcements of great new leave policies for their highest-paid professional staffers, the fact is that most new parents in the United States receive no paid leave when they have a baby or adopt a child. Sad to say, only 5 percent of companies offer fully paid maternity leave, according to the 2014 National Study of Employers, from the Families and Work Institute. (Fifty-eight percent offer some paid maternity leave, including partially paid weeks.)

By contrast, every Working Mother 100 Best Company offers fully paid maternity leave to its full-time employees who have been on the payroll for at least a year. These companies are setting an important example, offering up to 18 weeks for new moms, 16 for new dads and 13 for adopting parents. …

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