What’s missing from Apple’s new benefit for new parents

Hate to be the skunk at the baby shower, but…

From Pavithra Mohan’s “Apple announces policy to ease transition back to work for new parents” in Fast Company:

Apple announced a new benefit today intended to help smooth the transition back to work for new parents. The company already provides at least 16 weeks of paid leave to birth parents, which is comparable to leave policies adopted by other tech companies. But after talking with new parents—particularly women—about the challenges they faced, Apple executive Deirdre O’Brien says she felt there was more the company could do to help ease their transition.

“What we find a lot of times is people are really excited to get back to work,” says O’Brien, Apple’s head of retail and human resources. “At the same time, [they] feel like they need to make sure things are really stable and successful at home. And that weighs heavy on people’s minds, I think.”

That’s why Apple is introducing a policy that will give new parents a four-week grace period after returning from leave. During that time, they will continue to be paid like full-time employees but will have the flexibility to work part-time and set their own hours with their manager’s oversight. This applies to all new parents, including those who adopt or take in foster children (though for non-birth parents, paid leave is capped at six weeks). These benefits extend to Apple’s retail workers, as well, who account for nearly half of the company’s employees.

My take: Still no onsite daycare?

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  1. Jerry W Doyle said:

    “… My take: Still no onsite daycare?”

    Many companies do not want to provide onsite daycare at cost, discounted or with the price picked up by the parents. Companies prefer paying for longer or better maternity or paternity leave, additional support for parents or at-home work to ensure that someone with a young child can take care of the youth. Potential legal complications can arise relative to employee background checks, child injuries, state regulatory compliance issues, employees problems, etc. I suspect these factors are of more concern to Apple than the cost of creating a facility, staffing it and entering into the necessary contracts for employment and other matters. Even here, these cost can be significant relative to construction issues, campus care and other associated costs. I suspect, though, with Apple the avoidance evolves around potential legal problems and the associated adverse publicity that can arise with such legal problems.

    November 7, 2019
  2. Fred Stein said:

    I’m with you, Councilman, on this issue. Two reasons:

    1) It’s the right thing to do.
    2) Diversity, as enlighten self interest: Apple loses some perspective if parents leave Apple to join other companies that have on-site daycare. Jerry is correct to highlight the challenges. Apple can rise to the occasion.

    November 7, 2019
  3. Steven Noyes said:

    “It’s the right thing to do”???

    Why? I’ve worked at companies with onsite daycare and, honestly, it was a massive distraction in general. Not just the parents but friends of parents and friends of children of other employees children.

    Simply stating: “it’s the right thing to do.” Is myopic at best.

    November 7, 2019

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