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Netflix to give workers "unlimited" maternity and paternity leave

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In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 file photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass. In this Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 file photo, a person displays Netflix on a tablet in North Andover, Mass.

LOS GATOS, Calif. (AP) — Netflix is letting new parents on its payroll to take up to a year's paid leave in a move that could pressure other technology employers to improve their baby benefits as they vie for talent.

The employee benefit announced Tuesday on Netflix's blog is generous even by the high standards of Silicon Valley, where free meals and other perquisites supplement lavish salaries in the fiercely competitive battle for computer programmers and other technology workers.

Google, which consistently ranks among the best places to work, offers 18 weeks of paid maternity leave. Parents can also take up to 12 weeks of paid "baby bonding" time during their child's first year.

Netflix says the baby-leave policy applies to all of the roughly 2,000 people working at its Internet video and DVD-by-mail services.

The following is part of a statement on the Netflix website from Tawni Cranz the Netflix’s Chief Talent Officer:

We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. 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. Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences.

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