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Praise due for Netflix’s paid parental leave policy

Photo: Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

Photo: Paul Sakuma, Associated Press

This op-ed was originally published in the San Francisco Chronicle, August 7, 2015.

Netflix’s decision to offer employees unlimited maternity or paternity leave for one year to care for a new baby has earned praise, especially because so few such policies exist in corporate America. As the U.S. is one of only three countries that do not mandate paid family leave, Netflix has really advanced the national conversation on the issue.

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Resentment Keeps Family-Leave Policies Unused

Note: This story was originally published by the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch on August 9, 2013.tired-worker-11113002

In the Silicon Valley where I work, and across America, employers have created policies to be more responsive to employee needs for balance between work and personal life. For instance, Facebook, Google, and Yahoo! offer paid leave for new parents, and often throw in a nice “baby cash bonus.”

But my research shows that many employees might not take advantage of such perks.

Unfortunately, peer resentment often intrudes on an employee’s willingness to make use of work/family policies.

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