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.

9. Reddit 

Flexible. Check. Inclusive. Check. Reddit's parental leave policies are some of the best in the tech industry and almost 100% of parents return to work. With 16 weeks of paid leave for birth parents, adoptive parents or foster parents, you can see why.

Birth mothers also receive an additional four months of fully paid disability leave so that they can physically recover. That's not all; flexible time off after the arrival of the child, a childcare stipend and assistance for adoption and fertility testing, among other things, are also offered.

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

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