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    Netflix’s new changes to its maternity leave policies and benefits are making us wish they would put up office in the Philippines.

    You might remember that this year August Netflix announced its decision to offer its salaried employees unlimited parental leave until their child’s first birthday. Based in the U.S., the video-streaming company is extending its giving parental leave benefits for its hourly workers as well. 

    New moms and dads working hourly for Netflix can avail of parental leave, the duration of which depends on which division they work at. Those at “Streaming” are offered 16 weeks. Employees at “DVD” can take up to 12 weeks. And, workers at “Customer Service” are offered 14 weeks of leave. All of which will be fully paid. 

    “We always look for ways to improve as a company and that means regularly reviewing policies and benefits to ensure we are competitive and can attract and keep the best employees,” said Netflix in a statement according to Bloomberg. “This provides them both flexibility and stability at this exciting, yet challenging, time of their lives.”

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    Netflix also offers unlimited time off to its employees, letting them decide how much vacation time they’re going to take. Some have criticized companies who offer unlimited leaves, however, as it has actually led workers to takes less time off “for fear of being viewed as not that hard-charging,” says Huffington Post executive editor for business and technology Emily Peck. 

    This year has seen a rise in companies who are taking a step-forward and providing or improving the parental leave benefits they offer. Just two weeks ago, Facebook expanded their parental leave to 4 months for all of its employees around the world. Other major companies who have expanded their benefits to include worldwide offices this year include Nestlé and Accenture. 

    In the Philippines, a bill expanding the mandated maternity leave of 60 days to 100 days passed its first reading in the Senate in early November. The consolidated bill “The Expanded Maternity Leave Law of 2015” offers 100 days maternity leave regardless of method of delivery (normal or caesarean) fully paid with an option for a 30-day unpaid extension. 

    Dec. 10, 2015. "Netflix Expands Parental Leave Benefits for Hourly Employees". bloomberg.com
    Dec. 9, 2015. "Netflix Just Made Another Huge Stride On Parental Leave". huffingtonpost.com

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