Spotify Now Offering Six Months Of Paid Parental Leave
It’s absolutely heartbreaking that new moms and dads are so frequently forced to choose between leaving their newborns in the care of a stranger and losing their jobs. Thankfully, many companies have been stepping up to the plate and amending their parental leave policies so that they allow new parents to physically be there for their families while also financially supporting them.
Thursday, digital music streaming company Spotify announced their generous new Global Parental Leave Policy, which provides full-time employees with six months of 100% paid leave. Both moms and dads will be able to take their leave up until the child’s third birthday. Even better, Spotify employees who welcomed a child since the beginning of 2013 will also be eligible to take advantage of the new program.
“This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives,” said Katerina Berg, Spotify’s Chief Human Resources Officer in a news release.
Spotify will also be implementing a one-month Welcome Back program, which will help returning employees “ease back into their jobs” by providing them with the ability to work from home on a part-time schedule with flexible hours.
Vivien Labaton, Co-Founder of Make It Work–a nonprofit campaign dedicated to the economic advancement of women—praised the company for the new policy.
“This is great news for Spotify’s employees and a sign of the times that it joins several other companies in pulling their workplace policies out of the past. But these kinds of policy changes shouldn’t just be happening in the tech industry,” said Labaton. “It’s time for our elected officials to take notice and pull America out of the past. Paid family leave is a world standard, and it’s time for America to stop failing its workforce.”
Well done, Spotify.