Paid leave + beyond: 11 companies that have amazing benefits for working parents πŸ‘
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.

6. Target

Target is hitting the mark with its new parental leave policy. Starting June 30, the company's new paid family leave policy offers workers up to four weeks of paid time off to care for a newborn or a sick family member. These benefits will apply to the company's 350,000 employees regardless of how many hours they work.

Starting this fall, Target store and distribution center employees will also receive 20 days of in-center childcare or backup child or elder care as well.

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

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