Friday, August 31, 2018

USA: Microsoft is making its suppliers give paid parental leave -- CANADA GIVES 52 weeks!

MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW - The tech giant’s move builds on family leave legislation passed in Washington state last year.

The news: Microsoft announced yesterday that it’ll require all of its US-based vendors and suppliers with more than 50 employees to offer at least 12 weeks of paid parental leave, up to $1,000 a week. For comparison, Microsoft’s own staff get 12 weeks of fully paid leave, and birth mothers get an additional 8 weeks.

The impact: With more than 1,000 suppliers, Microsoft will be giving parental leave to many thousands of workers who currently don’t have it. “We understand this may increase our costs, and we think that’s well worth the price,” Dev Stahlkopf, Microsoft’s general counsel, told the Wall Street Journal.
Why it matters: Contract workers are a crucial pillar of large corporations. Microsoft’s move could set an example for other big companies and thus force a lot of smaller ones to change their policies.

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