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Spotify gives employees six months of paid parental leave

Spotify employees will now receive six months of fully paid leave when they become parents, according to a statement posted Thursday by the streaming music service.

Katarina Berg, Spotify's chief human resources officer, said the new policy applies to all employees in all countries. Founded in Sweden, Spotify has offices around the world, including in Mexico, Japan, Brazil, France and the United States.

"This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives," Berg wrote.

Employees can split up their leave and take it at any point before their child's third birthday, and mothers and fathers are equally encouraged to use the benefit. When parents do return to work, the company will let them work from home on a part-time schedule with flexible hours for a one-month transition period.

Spotify is the latest tech giant to expand its paid parental leave policy. Amazon began offering paid leave to new fathers this month, Intel added paid "bonding leave" earlier this year, and in August, Netflix gave employees a year of paid parental leave.

The benefit seems sure to make an effective recruiting and retention tool in a highly competitive industry. It is particularly attractive to American workers, given that the U.S. is the only industrialized country that does not mandate paid leave for new parents.

Published at: 16-10-2015
Tags: BUSINESS FAMILY & PARENTING GENDER EQUALITY PARENTING PARENTAL LEAVE SPOTIFY

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  1. Comment by Chris remarkUP

    While this of course is awesome for employees, wondering how it would work. I mean 6 months is a very long time. If a company can survive without a particular employee for 6 months, that probably means they don't need that employee. I wouldn't want a comp

  2. Comment by Anouk Charles

    Really? In Canada we get 12 months of paid leave for each child and everyone survives! 6 months of parental leave is a joke, come on America. I got 12 months FULL PAID for 12 months. The truth is that no one is irreplaceable, NO ONE. Do not believe that

  3. Comment by Ellie Shechet

    I’m just excited because in 2016 I can use my vacation and sick days for their intended purpose. This year I used 100% of both for my maternity leave. ‘Murica!

  4. Comment by bagofletters

    Good for Spotify, they got ahead of the curve (I like to believe we will get fair paid maternity leave in this country) and they get some great PR from it.

  5. Comment by Rob Chung II

    And this is why I love Canada. 1 year paid leave, free healthcare, Trump isn't running for PM, and I still get the good Netflix!

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