These Are 10 Of The Best Companies For New Dads

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during the International Consumer Electr
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2014 file photo, Yahoo President and CEO Marissa Mayer speaks during the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Yahoo Inc. on Tuesday, April 21, 2015, reported first-quarter net income of $21.2 million. On a per-share basis, the Sunnyvale, California-based company said it had net income of 2 cents.(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, File)

When it comes to parental leave, the U.S. has a long way to go.

It's the only developed country that doesn't guarantee paid maternity or paternity leave, even though a majority of Americans support such policies. Lawmakers are increasingly pushing for mandated paid leave for moms, and even paternity leave has gained traction in recent years, according to a poll conducted earlier this year by HuffPost and YouGov.

This signals a growing sentiment that moms aren't the only ones struggling with work-life balance. When families welcome a new child, dads too should be able to take time off -- and still be paid.

Companies in the U.S., including several in Silicon Valley, are gradually making strides in providing generous parental leave. But there's still a lingering gender divide in some cases: At Google, for example, moms receive 18 weeks of fully paid leave, but dads get 12. The U.S. overall could take a cue from Sweden, which will begin offering dads a third month of paid leave beginning next year.

In honor of Father's Day this weekend, here are a few companies that are leading the way in paternity leave policies.


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Paternity leave: 18 weeks

The petition company gives 18 paid weeks off to both new moms and dads, regardless of whether they have a biological child or adopt one. The policy was announced last year, and hopes it will push other companies to follow suit.

2. Google

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Paternity leave: 12 weeks

Google also helps parents find day care options and offers five free days of child care, as well as $500 to spend on parent-child bonding experiences.

3. Facebook

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Paternity leave: 17 weeks

The length of parental leave is the same for men and women and can be taken in weekly increments if desired. The company also offers surrogacy and adoption benefits, a $4,000 "new child benefit" toward biological or adopted children, subsidized daycare costs and breastfeeding workshops for both moms and dads.

4. Reddit


Paternity leave: 17 weeks

Reddit’s 17 weeks can also be broken up into two-week intervals if the employee chooses. The policy applies to dads of both biological and adopted children.

5. Mattermark


Paternity leave: 12 weeks

Mattermark, a business analytics company, offers up to 12 weeks for new dads. “There’s kind of a sinister assumption that if men don’t have paid time off, moms will stay home,” co-founder and COO Andy Sparks said. “We wanted to make sure we’re supporting both parents.”

6. Bank of America

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Paternity leave: 12 weeks

New dads can take up to 12 weeks of paid leave. Bonus perks include an $8,000 reimbursement for adoption fees.

7. Twitter


Paternity leave: 10 weeks

New dads can join in on roundtable discussions and share advice with others who are about to have a kid or are returning from parental leave. Twitter also gives parents a $200 gift card to TaskRabbit to help them with chores at home.

8. Johnson & Johnson

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Paternity leave: nine weeks

Johnson & Johnson announced last month that dads will receive nine weeks of paid leave.

9. Patagonia

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Paternity leave: eight weeks

The outdoor retailer offers eight paid weeks of leave for dads. There’s also on-site child care available and financial assistance for the costs of adoption. For parents with children under a year old, Patagonia can provide a caregiver who travels with the employee and child on work trips.

10. Yahoo

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Paternity leave: eight weeks

In addition to eight weeks of paid leave for dads, new parents also get $500 on baby expenses.