Companies Offering the Best Maternity and Paternity Leave Benefits

Posted on 05/09/2013

Sorry moms and dads-- employers that offer generous maternity and paternity aren't all that common. According to research from the Families and Work Institute, only 30 percent of U.S. employers offer paid or unpaid maternity leave greater than 12 weeks. The Census Bureau says that about half of working women received some sort of paid leave, up ten percent from a decade ago. For parents looking for those types of perks, these companies seem to offer the best maternity and paternity leave benefits.

Yahoo is proving it's a good place to work-- especially for moms and dads. According to, Yahoo just announced a new policy that gives new moms up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave with benefits. New dads can take up to eight weeks off when the bundle of joy arrives.

Arnold and Porter
This massive law firm offers generous work/life benefits including 18 weeks of paid leave for the arrival of new babies, including adopted children. The secondary caregiver can take up to six weeks of paid leave. The company will even assist with adoptions or fertility treatments, offering up to $30,000 towards expenses.

Working at Cisco, which designs, manufactures and sells networking equipment, comes with some amazing perks-- especially for new moms who receive a whipping six months of paid maternity leave. Sorry dads, the company does not offer paternity leave.

According to Working Mother Magazine, computer maker HP offers 20 weeks of paid maternity leave. New dads can take one week of paid leave as well.

Pricewaterhouse Coopers
Pricewaterhouse Coopers has been known as one of the best companies for working mothers for nearly two decades. The company says each year about 2,000 employees become new parents. Moms, including adoptive mothers, can take 12 weeks of fully paid time off. Moms of multiples get an extra two weeks. Dads are offered three weeks of paid paternity leave.

Companies in California and New Jersey
Roughly three in five US workers are covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act. That gives parents the right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave after the birth of a child, according to the Department of Labor. But only companies with more than 50 employees are bound to those rules. However, two states – California and New Jersey – mandate that employers provide paid leave after a worker gives birth. So if that benefit is important to you, check out companies based in these two states.

By Alison Storm

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