Twitter Announces 20 Weeks’ Paid Leave for New Dads & Mums

Previously Twitter offered 20 weeks’ paid leave for new mothers and 10 weeks for new fathers based in United States

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Twitter will be offering 20 weeks’ paid leave for new parents for all its employees worldwide. (Photo: iStockPhoto/Altered by <b>The Quint</b>)

Twitter is the latest to set an example on gender neutral policies for its employees.

In an announcement, that has certainly made a lot of to-be parents happy, the micro-blogging-site, guaranteed any parent, be it the father or the mother, a fully paid leave of up to 20 weeks after the birth of a child from 1 May onwards, Fortune reported.

While Silicon Valley doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to diversity and inclusion, the growing list of local companies expanding their parental leave policies has the potential to set a larger trend. 

Under the current policy, Twitter offers 20 weeks’ paid leave for new mothers and 10 weeks for new fathers based in United States.

The new policy is going to be applicable in the case of all its 3900 workers worldwide from 1 July.

Fortune quoted, Twitter’s newly-appointed Vice-President, Jeffrey Siminoff, as saying:

The goal of this change was to expand how we think about parental leave. Primary caregiving is something that’s hard to define. We’re a very watched industry because of the products and services we offer. We want to lead by example and by doing so we can influence the decisions of others.

Twitter is not the first to come up with inclusive policies. Other companies such as Facebook, Etsy and have also drafted similar policies.

With family structures and gender roles changing, such a policy gives more scope for both parents (whether heterosexual or same-sex couples) to bond with the child in the early years.

Read the full story on Fortune.

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