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Netflix Announces Unlimited Paternity and Maternity Leave for Employees, Becoming the Coolest Company Ever

This is what Family Values are all about.

And this is why Netflix is cooler than any other company right now.

You hear a lot of Big Talk about how America is all about Family Values – but it seems like Corporate America in particular makes it really difficult to have a family. Both men and women are often put into a position where they have to choose between their livelihoods or spending time with their children, which isn’t a choice any workplace should force their employees to make. Thankfully, Netflix wants to do the exact opposite. According to their blog:

We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences.

It’s also awesome that they’re including adoption in this leave as well. So, it really isn’t just about medical recovery time for moms – it’s about a new family getting to bond and grow as best suits them. If we really care about families, this is the kind of thing more companies need to be doing for those who work for them. This is an amazing thing, Netflix. Oh, and your shows are pretty awesome, too.

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