by Anna Patty
Originally published: May 2, 2017
Computer software giant Microsoft will set new standards by extending paid maternity leave to 20 weeks and providing four weeks of paid leave for employees to care for a seriously ill family member.
The new leave policy to be announced to Microsoft employees on Tuesday will extend paid parental leave from two to six weeks for all new parents and from 12 to 20 weeks for the primary carer.
The leave will be available from the time an employee starts work with the company. Until now, they had to wait six months before being able to seek the parental leave entitlements.