With more empowered women returning to the workforce post-baby, it seems companies are taking note and offering flexible mom-friendly workplaces to welcome them back. According to Working Mother Magazine, 10 companies on its annual 100 Best Companies list offer new moms eight weeks’ paid leave on average. Since 2008, paid leave has ranged between seven and eight weeks, with paid paternity leave averaging just three weeks. To even feature on the list, companies must offer at least a week of paid maternity leave, and have a minimum of 500 employees. The best employers are chosen based on "flexibility, paid time off, advancement and child care along with other benefits." Thirty years ago, when the list first launched, only five of the 30 companies included even offered paid maternity leave, and new fathers didn’t get anything. When it comes to parental benefits today, the tech world leads the way, with Microsoft, Adobe, and Netflix all offering generous benefits for new parents. Achieving the ultimate work/life balance just got easier for the working parents at the top 10 companies below:
Ernst & Young
WellStar Health System
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