Ikea Indias parental leave policy leaves most US companies in the dust

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From: Mashable By Sasha Lekach
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Ikea India just made its already great maternity leave policy even better.

Just last week, it gave new mothers six months off work for their first two children, which is double the previous three-month paid leave period.

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But the furniture store company in India announced earlier this week that its new policy would give both parents, not just the mother, up to 26 weeks off.

To sweeten the already improved policy, new mothers can then work half days for an additional 16 weeks once they return to work.

The new paid leave policy is also available to single parents and families adopting or using a surrogate. Other policies give paid time off for nursing, illnesses and complications with the birth.

At the end of last year Ikea in the U.S. expanded its parental leave policy — but it's still nowhere close to 26 weeks off.

But this is all nothing compared to Netflix's unlimited parental leave policy. Hard to top that.


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