Paid leave + beyond: 11 companies that have amazing benefits for working parents 👏
Holly Morissette

There's nothing more important than the bond between a newborn baby and their parents. And while an emotional bond and attachment between parents and a child happen overs years of development, the first year is the most important because a baby's brain grows most rapidly in the first 12 months of life.

In fact, According to Scientific American, paid parental leave benefits baby's brain development. Research shows infant's brains form up to a thousand new connections per second, but those connections form best when the babies are exposed to the kind of stimulation parents on paid leave can provide.

Every parent in America should have the chance to bond with their newborn child, and America deserves a national paid leave policy that supports families.

While the nation works on a single policy, there are some very special workplaces stepping up to the plate and leading the way when it comes to helping parents do what they do best: parent.

Here are 11 employers who get it.

10. Microsoft

Microsoft takes their parental leave so seriously that they won't work with suppliers and contractors who don't offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave for birth or adoptive parents. Contractors will have to pay employees up to $1,000 per week during their leave. The policy will be phased in and allows the company to work with businesses that share "a commitment to providing employees with important benefits such as paid time off." The policy reflects the company's 12 weeks paid parental leave while new mothers get an additional eight weeks off.

[This post was originally published July 8, 2019. It has been updated.]

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