Attention, Future Dads: These 10 Companies Give Paid Paternity Leave

Parenthood is not just for mothers as far as these businesses are concerned.

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Jun 21, 2015· 2 MIN READ
Ali Swenson is an editorial intern at TakePart. She is editor-in-chief of Loyola Marymount University’s news outlet, the Los Angeles Loyolan, and has worked in nonprofit media.

America is the only high-income country in the world that doesn’t mandate offering paid leave to new parents.

While the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act requires most employers to give moms and dads a minimum of 12 weeks off, no federal legislation has been enacted requiring them to pay for it. And though many employers give new moms at least some paid time off, dads are often less fortunate. According to a 2014 study by the Society for Human Resource Management, just 12 percent of employers in the United States offer paid paternity leave.

With countries like Sweden making headlines recently for increasing paid leave for fathers, America is falling further behind. But despite the lack of a federal policy, some American companies have taken the initiative to offer paid paternity leave. Here are 10 companies with some of the best benefits for new dads.

1. Change.org­: 18 weeks

In October, the petition website announced its new paternity policy: 18 weeks of paid parental leave for all new parents. The company also started a social media campaign (#changeleave) to encourage other employers to be more progressive. “The state of parental leave in the U.S. sucks,” David Hanrahan, head of global HR at Change.org, wrote in a Huffington Post blog post. “It’s time for us to close that gap.”

2. Reddit: 17 weeks

The site that calls itself “the front page of the Internet” is at the front of the pack on parental rights. All parents, biological or adopting, can take 17 weeks of paid leave at this tech site.

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3. Facebook: 17 weeks

New parents don’t just get 17 weeks paid leave at Facebook—they also get cash. New moms and dads are entitled to a $4,000 “new child benefit,” a perk that COO and Lean In author Sheryl Sandberg recently announced applies to contractors for Facebook as well as permanent employees.

4. Bank of America: 12 weeks

Employees who have been with Bank of America for a year are eligible for 12 weeks of fully paid paternity leave. If they choose, they can take 14 more weeks off without pay.

5. Twitter: 10 weeks

In addition to 10 weeks of paid leave, new fathers working at Twitter can opt into company-run “Dads on Leave” roundtables to share thoughts and advice with others about the experience of being a new dad. #DiaperDuty

6. Patagonia: 8 weeks

The environmentally conscious retail company offers two months of paid leave to new mothers and fathers alike. An on-site child care center also welcomes children up to age nine while parents are at work.

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7. Google: 7 weeks (12 weeks if primary caregiver)

Google gives all new dads seven weeks of paid leave, but if you’re a primary caregiver—even an adoptive or surrogate caregiver—you get five more. Google also has a range of family planning and child care options. Susan Wojcicki, one of Google’s first employees, recently revealed a surprising benefit the company has seen from offering generous paid leave for parents: lower employee turnover.

8. Arnold & Porter: 6 weeks (18 weeks if primary caregiver)

With nine offices around the world, including in Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco, this law firm employs nearly 800 lawyers. New dads can take six weeks of paid time off, or 18 if they are primary caregivers. The company also has an on-site day care at its Washington, D.C., headquarters.

9. Roche Diagnostics: 6 weeks

The Switzerland-based health care firm’s U.S. operation gives new fathers a month and a half of paid leave. It also runs several kid-friendly programs—a summer camp and a community garden, for starters.

10. Ernst & Young: 2 weeks (6 weeks if primary caregiver)

The business management consultants at Ernst & Young weren’t born yesterday when it comes to paid paternity leave. They’ve been offering it for 13 years. The company has gone so far as to sponsor research about the importance of paternity leave—in 2014, it backed a Boston College study called The New Dad.