Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Etsy's New Paid Parental Leave Policy Is Designed To Counteract Gender Bias - FASTCOMPANY

by Lydia Dishman 
Originally published: March 15, 2016

New parents of either gender, in any circumstance, will be offered six months off with pay.

Etsy is adding its name to a growing list of technology companies offering extended paid parental leave. Starting in April, Etsy employees will be eligible for 26 weeks of fully paid leave over the first two years after birth. Others, such as Spotify, are offering six months off with pay. Etsy is taking a page from the music-streaming service’s parental playbook by offering the benefit to any employed parent—mother or father—whether they have a child through birth or adoption.

In a blog post, Etsy’s director of culture and engagement, Juliet Gorman, says:

 "At least eight of those weeks must be taken continuously in the first six months. Studies show that early caregiving time is critical for all parents to feel bonded and competent in the long term, and these eight weeks also provide crucial recovery time for mothers who have given birth. The remaining 18 weeks can be scheduled flexibly over two years."

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