As Republicans continue to block any and all measures that would treat workers like human beings, Netflix is moving forward with a new policy offering paid parental leave to new mothers and fathers.
In June, Virgin CEO Richard Branson announced that his company would be granting paid maternity and paternity leave to employees, an investment in the workforce that Republicans claim will destroy the economy. But Branson thumbed his nose at the GOP and enacted the policy anyway.
“I believe if you take care of your employees they will take care of your business,” Branson said.
“As a father and now a proud granddad to three wonderful grandchildren, I know how magical the first year of a child’s life is but also how much hard work it takes. I’m delighted that we can offer this support to our staff so that they can enjoy parental leave to the full.”
And now, Netflix is joining the party.
In a blog post, Netflix Chief Talent Officer Tawni Cranz proudly announced one of the most flexible and amazing parental leave policies ever instituted by a company.
The policy allows new parents to take all the time off they need during the first year after their child’s birth. Parents can choose to come back part-time or come and go as needed and still be paid normally. Netflix even makes a point to say that they don’t want their employees to have to apply for state aid to take care of their families while not working.
Here’s the full statement released by Netflix.
At Netflix, we work hard to foster a “freedom and responsibility” culture that gives our employees context about our business and the freedom to make their own decisions along with the accompanying responsibility. With this in mind, today 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.
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.
Netflix’s continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field. Experience shows people perform better at work when they’re not worrying about home. This new policy, combined with our unlimited time off, allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated.
The United States is one of the few nations in the world that does not mandate parental leave for workers. While Republicans continue to deny workers the ability to raise their families, the rest of the world has lapped us by making sure every new parent has the time to care for their newborn child and share parenting duties while not having to worry about finances or whether they will have a job to go back to.
By enacting this policy, Netflix is betting that their employees will show their appreciation by remaining loyal and working harder. It will also attract future job seekers who also want the benefit of being able to take time off to raise a family instead of missing out on bonding with their child.
Republicans constantly claim to be the party of “family values,” but Netflix is actually proving a devotion to family values and it’s precisely the kind of family values Americans need.