The lack of paid maternity leave in the United States is a hot topic. But what about dads? A new list highlights companies that offer paternity leave — with pay.
The United States is the only “advanced country” that does not guarantee paid maternity leave, according to a tweet by President Obama.
America’s lack of maternity leave options is frustrating, but it’s important to note that gender roles are changing, and parenting is becoming a more shared task among couples. Fathers have nearly tripled the amount of time they spend with their kids, from 2.5 hours per week in 1965 to 7.3 hours today.
As the traditional roles of men and women shift, it’s time to start thinking about dads, too. Information abounds about leaning in and improving the workplace for working moms, but the conversation regarding paternity leave for working dads is far quieter.
What’s a working dad to do?
Google returns three times as many results for “best companies for moms” as it does “best companies for dads,” so this new resource from Fatherly is a welcome resource: they’ve listed the 50 best places to work for new dads.
Fatherly gives a brief breakdown of the winning industries: almost 50 percent of the companies are in tech or finance, followed by professional services and pharmaceuticals. They also list the locations of the companies: 20 are based in California or New York, and the remainder are scattered throughout the east coast, midwest and Texas.
As for how many weeks of paternity leave the winners offer? Forty-two percent give one to two weeks; 25 percent offer three to five weeks; another 25 percent allow six to eight weeks; and six percent give nine or more weeks.
The list gives you a peek at each company’s headquarters, number of employees, industry, weeks of paternity leave; it also highlights family-friendly practices.
Here are some companies and policies that caught our eye: (Click here to tweet these companies.)
- Google: In the event of your death, your children receive $1,000/month until they turn 19 (23 if they’re a full-time student)
- Facebook: Facebook offers the most generous paid paternity leave (17 weeks) plus a $4,000 “new child benefit”
- Patagonia: The company’s California HQ provides on-site childcare for your kids until they turn nine years old
- State Street: a “Manager Initiated Flex” program means your boss has to approach you with flexible work options
Times are changing: our gender roles have become far more fluid over the past several decades. Though we undoubtedly do need to make the workplace friendlier for women, it’s nice to see these companies recognizing that fathers deserve some love, too.
Does your company offer paternity leave? Did it affect your decision to work there?
Susan Shain (@Susan_Shain) is a freelance writer who loves helping people discover adventure through international travel or alternative careers.