Netflix Announces New "Unlimited" Maternity & Paternity Leave Program

You can feel less guilty about your bedridden, shades-closed binge-watching sprees, as you'll know you're supporting a pretty awesome company.

As part of the Netflix's “freedom and responsibility culture," which includes allowing employees to set their own hours and take as much vacation as they need, the company announced today that it will now offer up to a year of paid leave to new parents — both moms and dads.

Here's part of the statement, from the company's blog post:

We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences.

This move is likely to put pressure on other U.S. technology companies — which compete relentlessly over talent — to follow suit.

It's become increasingly popular for people to seek a better work-life balance, and we're glad to see that Netflix is stepping up to the plate.

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