Five New York Companies with Great Parental Leave Policies

In 2016 only 14% of the U.S. workforce were offered paid parental leave by their employers, but that number has been improving, especially in forward-thinking tech companies. A benefits survey in 2018 reported that 35% of respondents had paid leave in the case of a new child being born. Microsoft, in fact, may be leading the way; in a recent policy change, it required its suppliers that had 50+ employees to offer paid parental leave – a cost the company has said it will help with.

Here are five companies in the New York Area that currently offer their employees terrific paid parental leave plans. They’re leading the way towards a future where companies truly embrace their employees’ need for a work-life balance when it is most urgent.

Tech|Blogging Platforms|Content Management

Squarespace is a SaaS-based content management system (CMS) offering domain registration, website builder, e-commerce platform, blogging platform, and hosting service. It provides a hosted and managed environment with DIY tools for creating and maintaining domains, websites, blogs, stores, and portfolios.

“I love the family health premiums, full coverage.”

-Employee review


Squarespace employees rated their overall culture a A.

Squarespace is hiring! Check out jobs here!

Content|Media|Music Streaming

Spotify is a commercial music streaming service that provides restricted digital content from a range of record labels and artists. Users can browse through the interface by artist, album, genre, playlist, record label, and direct searches. It also enables individuals to create, share, and edit playlists with other users.

“I appreciate the parental leave, time off, and flexible holidays.”

-Employee review

Spotify is hiring! Check out jobs here!

Tech|Business Services|SaaS

Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, with approximately 492,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Combining unparalleled experience, comprehensive capabilities across all industries and business functions, and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies, Accenture collaborates with clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments.

“Healthcare options and additional benefits are by far among the best I’ve ever had.”

-Employee review


Accenture employees rate their CEO among the top 5% among similar-sized companies.

Accenture is hiring! Check out jobs here!

Banking and Financial Services|FinTech

American Express is an American multinational financial services corporation. Founded in 1850, it is one of the 30 components of the Dow Jones Industrial Average. The company is best known for its credit card, charge card, and traveler’s cheque businesses. Amex cards account for approximately 24% of the total dollar volume of credit card transactions in the US.

“VERY comprehensive benefits package, especially for families.”

-Employee review


American Express employees ranked their CEO among the top 5% for similar sized companies.

American Express is hiring! Check out jobs here!


Etsy is an e-commerce site and a smartphone application for buying and selling handmade and vintage items. Users can find products in the categories of clothing and accessories, jewelry, craft supplies and tools, weddings, entertainment, home and living, kids and babies, vintage, and more.

“Six months parental leave, terrific health care with low-cost PPO coverage for my family, great PTO (4 weeks), fair salary, bonus, equity.”

-Employee review

100% of Etsy employees say they are satisfied with their work-life balance.

Etsy is hiring! Check out jobs here!