IBM Extends Parental Leave


New moms who have given birth since November 2016 are getting their paid parental leave bumped up from 14 to 20 weeks, IBM said in a blog post Wednesday. Paid leave for fathers, partners or adoptive parents is also getting a boost to 12 weeks, up from six.

“As the landscape for working parents changes, it’s abundantly clear that there is no one-size-fits-all approach for the issues faced by parents who are balancing family with outside work every day,” Barbara Brickmeier, IBM vice president of employee benefits, said in a blog post.

IBM is the latest tech company to adopt a more liberal policy toward parental leave at a time when there’s more attention on the impact of having parents stay with their children longer during the early days of their development. In August 2015, Netflix launched paid, unlimited parental leave for a child’s first year. About three months later, Facebook said it would start giving four months of paid parental leave for new parents.

Over time, tech companies have also extended benefits to partners, as well as for families pursuing adoption or surrogacy.