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?