Netflix parental leave policy neglects workers who need it most

Netflix’s announcement that it will offer 12 months of paid parental leave to employees sounds great in theory. But dig a little deeper and there are some obvious problems with its script.

The policy, announced in August, provides salaried employees in its streaming division unlimited leave during the first year after the birth or adoption of a child. “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,” according to Netflix’s statement.

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