Netflix Announces Unlimited, Paid Maternity And Paternity Leave

A big win for families.

Parents and parents-to-be may be brushing up their resumes: Netflix just announced this Tuesday a worldwide policy promising all employees unlimited maternity and paternity leave. 

In a statement written on the Netflix blog, Tawni Cranz, Netflix's Chief Talent Officer, explained that the company works hard to foster a "freedom and responsibility" culture that enables workers to have trust from the company to take the time off that they see fit. 

"With this in mind, today we're introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child's birth or adoption," he wrote.

Not only that, but employees who need time off to take care of their families will be paid as they would be if they were in-office. No paycuts. 

"Experience shows people perform better at work when they're not worrying about home," he wrote. "This new policy, combined with our unlimited time off, allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated.

The U.S. is the only industrialized country with no mandated paid maternity (or paternity) leave, leaving parents vulnerable to firing and pay cuts at one of the most important time in their lives. 

Netflix is following the lead of Yahoo, which doesn't provide unlimited maternity and paternity leave but recently doubled the amount of time mothers can take off and increased the time allowed for fathers.

As if we needed another reason to binge watch Orange is the New Black

Way to go, Netflix!