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.

8. Amazon 

Amazon is so amazing that it even pays for its employee's spouses to take time off to be with their newborn babies. The newest policy was enacted in 2015 because the previous policy didn't leave enough time for new parents to bond with their children.

Amazon now offers all mothers, fathers, adoptive parents and non-birth mothers fully-paid parental leave for six weeks, either simultaneously or split into two periods within a year of the birth or adoption. The best part of this parental leave is the Leave Share program, which allows employees to share their parental leave with a partner who doesn't work at Amazon if their employer doesn't provide parental leave.

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

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