Hillary Clinton may have stressed the importance of paid family leave in her opening statement at the Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13, but Bernie Sanders said it best when he said the lack of paid parental leave is an ’embarrassment.’
Bernie Sanders, 74, made his opinions on the United States not providing paid pregnancy leave very clear. The 74-year-old presidential hopeful tackled the issue of paid family leave at the Democratic presidential debate on Oct. 13 and said that the lack of support for parental leave is an “embarrassment.”
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“To moms, we’re not going to separate you from your new born baby, because we’re going to have paid medical and family leave like any other country on earth,” Sanders said in Las Vegas, Nevada at the debate. The 74-year-old went on to say that America’s lack of support for parental leave is “an international embarrassment.” As of now, the United States is the only industrialized country that does not offer paid maternity leave. The issue of paid maternity and paternity leave has been a hot topic of debate as of late. Especially since big companies like Microsoft and Netflix made huge changes to their maternity and paternity leave policies.
At the beginning of August, it was made known that both Microsoft and Netflix were changing their family leave policy for the better. The on-demand internet streaming company revealed that they were offering an unlimited maternity and paternity leave for their employees. “We’re introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption,” Tawni Cranz, Netflix’s Chief Talent Officer wrote on the company’s blog on Aug. 4. “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.”
Microsoft Follows Suit & Changes Family Leave Policy
A day after Netflix announced their maternity/paternity policy changes, Microsoft did the same. “A key component of this is supporting our employees with benefits that matter most to them,” Microsoft’s executive vice president of human resources up by saying, Kathleen Hogan said. “For birth mothers, this is in addition to the eight weeks of maternity disability leave they currently receive, paid at 100 percent, enabling them to now take a total of 20 weeks of fully paid leave if they choose.” Hopefully many companies will follow in Netflix and Microsoft’s footsteps.
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— Michelle Phi