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.

5. Starbucks

After some employees felt overlooked by Starbucks' previous maternity leave policies, along came the company's VP of global benefits to make things right. In 2017, the coffee giant started offering birth mothers in its corporate offices 18 weeks of paid maternity leave and non-birth parents 12 weeks.

In 2018, they extended it to all retail workers to have six weeks paid leave for a new child. That's where Ron Crawford comes in. Last October, he started the [email protected] initiative, which provides subsidized backup care for children, adults and the elderly. Now, citing the importance of family, the company provides 10 subsidized backup-care days per year, making it one of the largest companies in the country to provide the benefit.

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

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