Spotify's Impressive Parental Leave Policy: How Does It Stack Up to Other Streaming Services?

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Spotify has joined the parental leave conversation with an impressive new policy for full-time employees. The Sweden-based streaming music service is giving all full timers six months’ parental leave with 100 percent pay. When parents take the leave is up to them, up to the kid’s third birthday, and moms and dads can split the six months into separate periods.

Further, Spotify takes it easy on employees during their first month back, giving the option to work from home with flexible hours. "This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives,” said Katarina Berg, the company’s chief human resources officer.

So, how does Spotify’s parental leave compare with other streaming services and tech companies? Here’s a breakdown:

  • Google/YouTube: Moms receive 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. If an employee who is not the birth mother is the child’s primary caregiver, they get up to 12 weeks paid. For non-primary caregivers (dads?), seven weeks paid.
  • Apple: Expecting moms can take up to four weeks before birth and 14 after. Dads and non-birth/adoptive parents can take six-week leaves.
  • Pandora: All parents get up to 12 weeks of paid leave.
  • Amazon: Moms get four weeks before and 10 weeks after birth. New parents can also take an additional six weeks (with stock shares continuing to vest) if they choose, though it’s unclear whether that’s paid. Fathers and adoptive parents get six weeks paid off-time.
  • Microsoft: New moms and dads (birth, adoption, surrogate) receive 12 weeks of paid leave, but birth moms get an additional eight weeks for a total of 20.
  • Facebook: Employees get 16 weeks of paid parental leave.
  • Twitter: Mothers receive 20 weeks, while fathers and non-birth parents are offered 10.
  • Netflix: New moms and dads (birth or adoptive) receive unlimited paid leave during the first year. Wait, what? (Clicks on


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