Twitter is the latest tech company to announce an expanded parental leave policy, offering all new parents 20 weeks of paid time off. The tech industry seems to be leading the way among industries offering robust family leave due to the industry’s notable lack of women.
In the last year, Netflix, Etsy, Facebook, and a handful of others have upgraded their policies to include more workers and more time off than ever. New York and San Francisco also passed landmark leave policies this month, but the majority of workers still rely on their employers for paid family leave. Jeffrey Siminoff, Twitter’s vice president of inclusion and diversity, described the company’s new policy as a way to be “inclusion advancing,” which seemed to mean it seeks to include more employees than ever before.
Tech companies hope that better policies will attract and retain female workers.