Microsoft will require suppliers to offer paid parental leave

Dev Stahlkopf on the Microsoft blog:

Over the next 12 months we will work with our U.S. suppliers to implement this new paid parental leave policy. It will require that suppliers offer their employees a minimum of 12 weeks paid parental leave, up to $1,000 per week. This change applies to all parents employed by our suppliers who take time off for the birth or adoption of a child. The new policy applies to suppliers with more than 50 employees and covers supplier employees who perform substantial work for Microsoft. This minimum threshold applies to all of our suppliers across the U.S. and is not intended to supplant a state law that is more generous. Many of our suppliers already offer strong benefits packages to their employees, and suppliers are of course welcome to offer more expansive leave benefits to their employees.

This is a great idea by Microsoft. I hope other big tech companies copy Microsoft on this. Apple similarly requires their suppliers to meet certain environmental thresholds, but I would love to see them adopt a policy like this too.

(Via Morning Brew)