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Netflix Gives a New Meaning to “Unlimited”

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Yesterday, Netflix made a huge move when it comes to employee benefits, and it’s put other media conglomerates to shame. The online movie giant announced that it will be giving moms and dads unlimited maternity and paternity leave to take care of their children until they’re one year old.

“We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances,” Netflix’s chief talent officer Tawni Cranz said in a statement. “Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We’ll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay.”

[Related: A Win for New Moms: The Navy Boosts Its Paid Maternity Leave]

Not only does this relieve a huge burden when it comes to childcare, but it also gives parents time to figure out their own schedules and what they can handle moving forward. People often forget that parenthood alone is a big enough adjustment, but then figuring out how to advance your career while taking care of little kids? Sounds like a major headache.

Netflix already gives it’s employees unlimited vacation time, so now it’s just adding maternity and paternity leave to it’s list of major company perks.

[Related: 15 Things You Should Never Say to a Woman Who Just Came Back from Maternity Leave]

But one disadvantage of making policies “unlimited” is that it actually deters people from taking the time off. Maybe they feel they’ll fall even more behind, or look worse compared to their coworkers if they’re actually using the policy. What do you think? Is this a win for working parents? Let us know in the comments below!

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