94 Companies With The Best Maternity Leave (May 2023)

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Maternity leave benefits provided to new mothers are constantly changing. While it is generally accepted that a mother should have time off to recover from birth and bond with her baby, there is no standardized, country-wide leave. The impetus is then on employers to provide something; many of them do, offering varying levels of pay and time off before and after a baby arrives.

Over the last few years, many companies have expanded their maternity leave benefits to 16 weeks and occasionally beyond. Some also extend these benefits to fathers and to adoptive parents who do not give birth themselves but still need time to bond with their new arrival.

See Also: Working From Home With A Baby

Companies will continue to evolve their maternity leave packages to ensure they attract top talent. Below, we’ve compiled some of the best policies out there.

 

Companies With The Best Maternity Leave

Companies on this list offer 12 weeks of paid maternity at a minimum (and most offer more).

Company

Paid Time Off

Jobs

Policy

3M Co

28 weeks

3M

"Biological mothers will continue to receive six to eight weeks of short-term disability time off, for a total of 28 weeks of maternity leave."

Accenture

16 weeks

Accenture

"16 weeks' paid maternity leave."

Adobe

16 weeks

Adobe

"If you have both eligibility and entitlement for FMLA leave, Adobe will grant up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave separate from, and in addition to, any physician-certified FMLA or medical leave resulting from pregnancy or childbirth-related disabilities."

Alphabet (Google)

24 weeks

QZ

"The company announced Thursday that parents who give birth will receive 24 weeks of leave, up from 18 weeks previously. "

Amazon

20 weeks

Workstream

"New moms can get 20 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, four of which can be taken before they give birth. After that, they can have up to 16 weeks off, which will be paid in full."

American Express Company

20 weeks

Corporate Wellness Magazine

"Beginning January 1, 2017, full-time and part-time employees who have worked at the company for more than one year will be eligible for 20 weeks of paid maternity, plus an additional six to eight weeks for women who give birth and require medical leave."

American Electric Power

12 weeks

American Electric Power

"American Electric Power offers maternity and paternity leave. The company provides up to 12 weeks of paid leave for new parents, and an additional 12 weeks of unpaid leave."

Anheuser-Busch

16 weeks

Anheuser-Busch Companies, LLC

"The birth parent is now eligible for up to eight weeks paid leave plus an additional eight weeks' parental bonding leave for a total of 16 weeks of paid leave."

Apple

18 weeks

PerkUp

"Apple has a very unique and generous maternity leave policy. New mothers receive four weeks of paid leave before giving birth and 14 weeks of maternity leave afterward. An additional six weeks’ unpaid leave is also optional. "

AT&T

12 weeks

AT&T

"As part of our suite of family benefits, paid parental leave (including for adoptive parents) provides parents up to 12 weeks of paid time off to bond with the new addition to their family."

Automattic

26 weeks

"If you’ve been with Automattic for 12 months, your leave up to 6 months is fully paid."

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

52 weeks

Observer

"The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had arguably the world’s most generous family leave program, offering 52 weeks of paid parental leave — in other words, a full year away from work."

Blackstone Group

16 weeks

WSJ

"Blackstone Group LP said Wednesday that it is extending its maternity leave benefits from 12 weeks at full pay to 16 weeks. The move, announced in a memo to employees, is designed in part to help the company compete for talented Wall Street women."

BNY Mellon

16 weeks

BNY Mellon

"Under the new parental leave policy, all new parents will receive a minimum of 16 weeks of paid leave, regardless of their circumstances (such as adoption, foster, or surrogacy). The 16 weeks of paid leave can be taken continuously or in one-week increments within a period of 12 months."

Boeing

12 weeks

Boeing

"Boeing provides up to 12 weeks of Paid Parental Leave to eligible mothers and fathers for the birth, adoption, surrogacy, or placement of a foster child."

Buffer

16 weeks

Buffer

"Family leave: 16 weeks of family leave for all parents, fully paid."

Cahill Gordon

26 weeks

Cahill Gordon

"18 weeks' parental leave for primary caregivers, or up to 26 weeks of maternity-related disability. Additionally, primary caregivers who return to the Firm after birth or adoption of a child will be given the option to work at a reduced load for up to 12 weeks for proportionate pay to ensure a smooth transition back to work after parental leave."

Capital One Financial Corporation

18 weeks

Fairy Godboss

"New mothers can receive 18 weeks of 100% paid maternity leave. The 18 weeks will be broken down as 10 weeks of short-term disability and eight weeks of parental leave."

Citigroup

16 weeks

Citi Benefits

"Eligible employees who will be the birth mother may be eligible for up to 16 weeks of job-protected paid pregnancy leave (“PPL”), which includes eight weeks of disability/recovery time and eight weeks of paid parental bonding leave (PBL)."

Covington & Burling

18 weeks

Covington & Burling

"For both attorneys and staff, we provide primary caregivers with 18 weeks' paid leave upon the birth or adoption of a child. Non-primary caregivers receive six weeks of paid leave within four months of the birth or adoption of a child."

Credit Suisse

26 weeks

Credit Suisse

"We care about your family and ensure you have quality time with them, with programs that include maternity, paternity, and adoption leave."

Danone

18 weeks

Danone

"Danone North America, whose portfolio of brands include Activia, Dannon, Horizon Organic and YoCrunch, has expanded its parental bonding leave policy to its manufacturing employees, enabling them to take 18 weeks’ paid time off within the first year of the birth or adoption of a child."

Dechert LLP

23 weeks

Law.com

"Employees taking maternity, adoption, and shared parental leave can take 23 weeks' leave, fully paid, from the arrival of their child, compared to 18 weeks previously."

Dropbox

24 weeks

Dropbox

"No matter what your family structure looks like, you can support your loved ones with 24-week paid parental leave, family leave, lactation consultation options, adult and child care resources, and our global adoption/surrogacy policy."

Dun & Bradstreet

16 weeks

Dun & Bradstreet

"Up to 16 weeks of paid leave for the primary caregiver, and up to two weeks of paid leave for the secondary caregiver."

Exelon

16 weeks

Exelon

"Up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave for mothers who have given birth."

Eli Lilly and Company

18 weeks

Eli Lilly and Company

"New parents – mothers, fathers, and partners and adoptive and foster parents – will now be able to take 10 weeks off from work without missing a paycheck. A birth mother will also have 8 weeks of paid leave for physical recovery for a total of 18 paid weeks."

Estee Lauder Companies

20 weeks

Estee Lauder Companies

"At The Estée Lauder Companies, we’re committed to supporting families of all kinds, including offering 20 weeks of paid parental leave for all full-time, U.S.-based parents."

EY

16 weeks

EY

"EY offers 16 weeks of paid maternity and one week of paid paternity leave for new parents."

FedEx

50 weeks

Zippia

"FedEx offers wedding leave, maternity leave, and paternity leave. Expecting mothers and fathers will receive 50 weeks of paid maternity leave, 50 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, and two weeks of paid paternity leave. Mothers can choose to decline the unpaid leave if they wish."

Fidelity Investments

16 weeks

Fidelity Investments

"To make sure our associates have the time to focus on their growing family, we offer 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave and six weeks fully paid parental leave in 2021."

Gap Inc.

12 weeks

Gap Inc.

"Today we announced the expansion of our benefits to include paid parental bonding leave -- 12 weeks of leave that include six weeks of leave at 100% of pay and six additional weeks at 50% of pay."

Goldman Sachs

20 weeks

Goldman Sachs

"Goldman Sachs is increasing its parental leave to 20 weeks paid time off for all new parents through birth, surrogacy or adoption — regardless of caregiver status — according to a company memo issued Monday and first obtained by Yahoo Finance."

GlaxoSmithKline

18 weeks

GlaxoSmithKline

"A new global minimum standard of 18 weeks’ parental leave for primary and secondary carers for all forms of family."

Holland & Knight

16 weeks

ABA Journal

"The firm has expanded paid maternity leave from 12 to 16 weeks and paid leave for adoptive parents from six to 10 weeks, the Daily Business Review reports."

IBM

14 weeks to 20 weeks

Fortune

"The paid maternity leave available to new birth mothers employed at the tech giant will increase from a maximum of 14 weeks to 20 weeks. Fathers, partners, and adoptive parents, meanwhile, will receive 12 paid weeks off — double the previous benefit of six."

Ikea

17 weeks

Glamour

"Ikea’s United States division just made a huge change in their parental leave policy, one that will hopefully help more than a few new parents in their 13,000-person workforce. Starting January 1st, all employees will be eligible to up to four months of paid time off."

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Indeed

26 weeks

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"Indeed has introduced an amazing benefit of 26 weeks of fully paid Continuous Caregiver Leave for all employees, regardless of gender, in the year following the birth, adoption or placement of a child."

Intel

12 weeks

Intel

"Expanded paid bonding leave for new parents, from eight weeks to 12 weeks, in addition to covering pregnancy leave covered as a short-term disability for birth mothers."

Intuit

16 weeks

Intuit

"We offer all parents up to 16 weeks of paid time off to bond with their new child (newborn/adoption/foster child)."

Jenner & Block

18 weeks

Jenner & Block

"The firm’s maternity/parental leave policy provides paid time off of up to 18 weeks. In the case of adoptions, the firm offers up to one week of paid pre-adoption leave and up to 12 weeks' paid adoption leave."

Johnson & Johnson

12 weeks

Johnson & Johnson

"We are delighted to share that in 2022, we are extending our fully paid parental leave to 12 weeks globally – and for Asia Pacific, this change has been effective from 1 June."

JPMorgan Chase

16 weeks

JPMorgan Chase

"Primary caregivers are eligible to take up to 16 continuous workweeks of paid parental leave within the 16-week period immediately following a child's birth or adoption placement."

Just Appraised

16 weeks

Elpha

"We offer paid parental leave for employees, with up to 16 weeks for birthing and non-birthing parents, and parental leave can be intermittently and distributed over the course of the year following birth."

KPMG

52 weeks

KPMG

"All employees are entitled to 52 weeks’ maternity leave and are specifically required to take two weeks off following childbirth off as Compulsory Maternity Leave."

Lam Research

26 weeks

Lam Research

"Birth mothers are generally eligible for 6 months (26 weeks) of paid leave. For a normal pregnancy, birth mothers can receive 26 weeks of paid leave through a combination of 10-week pregnancy disability and our enhanced 16-week parental leave (previously 12 weeks)."

L'Oreal

14 weeks

L'Oreal

"We have already introduced a minimum maternity leave of 14 weeks, payments in the case of death or permanent disability, flexible working and improved working conditions."

Mastercard

16 weeks

Mastercard

"It provides a global standard of 16 weeks of 100% paid leave and maintains 100% of bonus eligibility during this time."

Mayer Brown

18 weeks

Mayer Brown

"Mayer Brown has increased paid maternity and parental leave for lawyers who work in its U.S. offices from 12 weeks up to a total of 18 weeks, inclusive of medical leave. For adoptions, the primary caregiver of a newly adopted child will now have paid parental leave for 18 weeks (previously six weeks)."

Medidata Solutions

16 weeks

Medidata Solutions

"If you're a mother- or father-to-be, we've got you covered. We offer an array of options for taking paid time off to spend with the newest member of your family."

Merck & Co.

12 weeks

Merck & Co.

"Paid parental time off (PPTO) – up to 12 weeks"

Microsoft

20 weeks

Microsoft

"Take 20 weeks of paid time away for birth mothers and 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave for all other new parents, including adoptions and foster placements."

Morgan Lewis

52 weeks

Morgan Lewis

"Up to 52 weeks' maternity leave, two weeks' compulsory maternity leave, 26 weeks' ordinary maternity leave, and 26 weeks' additional maternity leave."

Morgan Stanley

16 weeks

Morgan Stanley

"Generous paid parental leave (16 weeks for all parents, plus 6 to 8 additional weeks of medical leave following preganancy)—as well as lactation rooms, breast-milk shipping and a silver baby spoon engraved with your child's name."

National Grid

52 weeks

National Grid

"52 weeks leave, 26 weeks full pay, 13 weeks SMP, 13 weeks nil pay."

Nestle

18 weeks

Nestle

"It provides Nestlé employees who are parents of newborn children up to 18 weeks of fully paid parental leave and up to eight weeks of unpaid leave (effective September 2020, extended from 14 weeks paid)."

Netflix

52 weeks

VOX

"Netflix by far offers the longest paid family leave out of all the tech companies we asked. Salaried employees, including birth and adoptive parents of any gender, can take up to a year off at full pay following the birth or adoption of their child."

Nordstrom

12 weeks

Nordstrom

"As of May 1, the retailer will offer up to 12 weeks of fully paid leave to birth mothers, and up to six weeks of fully paid leave to other new parents."

Novartis

14 weeks

Novartis

"From January 2021, all Novartis employees around the world can benefit from a minimum period of 14 weeks paid parental leave following the birth or adoption of a child, effective from their first day of employment."

Novo Nordisk

14 weeks

Novo Nordisk

"Employees who give birth (the birthing parent) are granted a minimum of 14 weeks of parental leave. The parental leave should be paid, or covered for with adequate social security benefits/insurances, or be a combination of the two."

Oracle

16 weeks

Oracle

"All female employees are covered by the Maternity Protection and Benefits of the Employment Act. A pregnant female employee is entitled to leave from work for four weeks before and 12 weeks immediately after delivery, totaling 16 weeks. The 16 weeks' leave is to be paid by the employer if the female employee satisfies specific conditions. Employees who have completed 90 days of service in the company are entitled to maternity leave."

Patagonia

16 weeks

Convene

"Family values are truly embedded into Patagonia’s company culture. Women get 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, men get 12 weeks, and every family is given access to an on-site child care center. They also pay for a caretaker to accompany parents on business trips."

PayPal

26 weeks

PayPal Benefits

"Expectant mothers with one or more years of continuous employment with PayPal are eligible for paid maternity leave. Receive 100% of your base salary, including state maternity benefits, for up to 26 weeks. If you have less than one year of continuous employment, you’re only eligible for up to 26 weeks of state maternity benefits."

Philip Morris International

18 weeks

Philip Morris International

"PMI’s new minimum leave principles will provide primary caregivers with a minimum of 18 weeks fully paid parental leave and secondary caregivers with a minimum of eight weeks fully paid parental leave."

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman

18 weeks

IWPR

"18 weeks of paid leave is standard for birth mothers at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP."

Pfizer

12 weeks

Pfizer

"Increase to 12 weeks paid parental leave (after maternity leave for the birth mother)."

Reckitt Benckiser

26 weeks

Reckitt Benckiser

"Fully paid maternity leave will increase from 16 weeks to 26 weeks. This is regardless of the number of hours an employee works, but provided they have been in continuous employment at RB for 12 months."

Salesforce

26 weeks

Salesforce

"Employees who have a new addition to the family are entitled to a generous amount of parental leave. For the primary caregiver, it’s 26 weeks and for the secondary caregiver it’s 12 weeks. "

Sanofi

14 weeks

Sanofi

"In line with this, from January 1, 2022, we will grant 14 weeks paid parental leave to any Sanofi employee welcoming a new child, due to childbirth, adoption, or surrogacy, irrespective of gender or sexual orientation."

Seagate Technology

16 weeks

Seagate Technology

"Paid Parental Leave gives birthing and non-birthing and adoptive parents 16 weeks of paid time off to welcome and bond with new family members born or placed for adoption."

Shell Oil Company

16 weeks

Shell

"That’s why Shell is proud to be the first major integrated oil and gas company to introduce a new global standard of 16 weeks' paid maternity leave. This initiative is intended to support working mothers and their families. It’s another example of Shell’s commitment to creating an inclusive workplace and demonstrating our care for our employees and their families."

Siemens

21 weeks

Siemens

"21 weeks’ full pay for maternity/adoption leave, two weeks’ full pay for paternity leave and 10 weeks’ full pay for shared parental leave."

Shopify

26 weeks

"Shopify offers 26 weeks of paid maternity leave and 26 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. This information is based on anonymous tips submitted by employees."

Standard Chartered

20 weeks

Standard Chartered

"Standard Chartered Bank (the Bank) today announced the roll out of enhanced employee benefits. Expectant mothers at the Bank can now look forward to a 20-week fully paid maternity leave."

Stonyfield Farm, Inc.

26 weeks

Boston 25 News

"Beginning next summer, Londonderry-based yogurt maker Stonyfield Farm will offer six months of paid maternity leave to mothers or the primary caregiver in a same-sex marriage."

Stytch

16 weeks

Stytch

"There's more than one way to be a parent. That's why we offer 12-16 weeks paid parental leave, whether birthing, adopting, or fostering."

Sun Life Financial

16 weeks

Sun Life Financial

"Biological mothers are entitled to a 16-week maternity leave — a one-week waiting period followed by 15 weeks of benefit payments."

The Honest Company

16 weeks

The Hollywood Reporter

"Jessica Alba revealed her Honest Company will be offering new mothers 16 weeks of paid maternity leave, starting in 2016."

The New York Times

18 weeks

The New York Times

"The Times offers most employees fully paid leave to care for a new child — up to 18 weeks for birth mothers and 10 weeks for partners and adoptive parents — in addition to a comprehensive benefits package including health and retirement benefits."

The Western Union Company

12 weeks

The Western Union Company

"This benefit is in addition to the 12 weeks of paid maternity leave Western Union already offers its eligible employees."

Thumbtack

12 weeks

Medium


"Our new policy provides 12 weeks of equal bonding leave for all parents — regardless of gender or caregiver status — and includes adoptive and surrogate parents. Leave can be taken any time during the first year after birth, adoption or foster placement. This change is in addition to eight weeks of paid medical recovery for birth-givers."

Twitter

20 weeks

Fairy Godboss

"Previously, Twitter had offered 20 weeks of paid maternity leave to mothers but fathers and adoptive parents only received 10 paid weeks of family leave. Their more generous new policy will go into effect on May 1 for U.S. employees and by July 1 for the company’s international employee base."

Uber

18 weeks

ABC News

"Parental/maternal leave: 18 weeks for all full-time employees for a parental leave. (A reminder that Uber does not consider drivers employees so they are not eligible for family leave.)"

Unilever

26 weeks

Unilever

"Women employees are entitled to 26 weeks of Maternity Leave, with full pay and benefits, of which up to eight weeks can be taken prior to delivery, depending upon individual need. This leave is available twice in a career for 2 children. Maternity Leave for 3rd child will be 12 weeks."

Verizon Communications

16 weeks

Verizon Communications

"Eligible employees can qualify for up to eight weeks of paid parental leave at base pay. By combining short-term disability and parental leave, employees may be eligible for up to 16 weeks of paid maternity leave."

Vodafone Group

16 weeks

Vodafone Group

"Vodafone pioneered a global maternity policy, offering women across Vodafone’s markets and operations a minimum of 16 weeks' fully paid maternity leave and a 30-hour week at full pay for the first six months after their return to work."

VMWare

18 weeks

"We understand the importance of starting a family and are proud to offer resources to support employees on their family planning and parenting journey. We just launched 18 weeks Global Paid Parental Leave.

Walmart

12 weeks

Walmart

"Up to 12 weeks of parental leave pay is available for use in as little as one-week increments following the date you become a new parent through a birth, adoption, orfoster-care placement."

Wells Fargo

16 weeks 

Wells Fargo

"Wells Fargo provides up to 16 weeks of paid parental leave for a primary caregiver and up to four weeks for a parent who is not the primary caregiver to care for a new child following birth or adoption."

Yahoo!

16 weeks

CNN

"Mayer looked to prove her point using numbers. She noted that 75% of new mothers at Yahoo! took full maternity leave in 2015. Yahoo! gives women 16 weeks in total for natural birth (that includes the eight weeks given to all new parents)."

Yelp

14 weeks

Yelp

"Birthing parents receive up to 14 weeks of paid maternity and baby bonding leave. Non-birthing parents get up to 8 weeks of paid baby bonding leave."

Zillow

16 weeks

Zillow Group

"Our award-winning benefits include 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave, eight weeks of fully paid parental leave, free breast milk shipping, adoption assistance and COVID-19-specific resources, backup childcare, and paid and unpaid leave options for caretakers."

Zurich Insurance Group

12 weeks

Zurich Insurance Group

"In the U.S. we offer 12 weeks of 100% paid family leave for parents welcoming a child to their family via birth, adoption or fostering, and 2 weeks paid leave for employees caring for a family member with a serious health condition."

Zynga

26 weeks

Benefit News

"When Aycock started at Zynga, the game developer already had some standout benefits, including 26 weeks of paid maternity leave and 12 weeks of paid parental leave."

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Which company has best maternity leave?

Here are the well-known US companies that have the best maternity leave programs:

  1. Netflix: 52 weeks
  2. KPMG: 52 weeks
  3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation: 52 weeks
  4. Fedex: 50 weeks
  5. 3M: 28 weeks
  6. Paypal: 26 weeks
  7. Zynga: 26 weeks
  8. Alphabet (Google): 24 weeks

 

How much paid maternity leave do most companies offer?

The National Library of Medicine found in a study that “on average women take 10 weeks of maternity leave” in the United States

 

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