Social media company Twitter has set a new precedent for paternal leave benefits as it ushers in equal parental leave for both mothers and fathers.
Set to come into effect on May 1st, the new ruling will offer new fathers up to 20 weeks leave from their position with the company, the same as is offered to new mothers. The gender neutral policy will also be applicable to couples who have just adopted a child. It replaces the old system in which males were only entitled to half the amount of leave (10 weeks) as females.
“The goal of this change was to expand how we think about parental leave. Primary care-giving is something that’s hard to define,” said Jeffrey Siminoff, the new VP of inclusion and diversity for Twitter who went on to explain how the new measures were being taken to reflect the changing nature of societal structures and modern families.
Fortune magazine recently reported that a staggering 88% of US employees have no access to any parental leave whatsoever, and therefore this gesture by Twitter is not just magnanimous, but groundbreaking. The changes to Twitter’s company policy will be implemented on a national scale later this year.
Parental leave and the argument of minimum wage vs. living wage has been an ongoing hot topic of 2016, but there is more good news. In California, Governor Jerry Brown has just unveiled a number of new laws which will improve working conditions within the state.