Caring for yourself and your family at home helps you be your best at work. But in the U.S., government mandates for paid leave are currently slim to nonexistent. That means companies must navigate the tough balance between supporting employees during major life events and meeting business goals. Too often, employees have not had the support they need.
Today we announced some exciting improvements to our Adobe family leave programs. We join an industry movement to better support our employees while striving towards increased workforce diversity. I am very proud that Adobe and others in the technology industry such as Microsoft and Netflix are stepping up to drive some fundamental changes that support working families.
Highlights of Adobe’s new U.S. leave programs, effective, November 1, include:
- Medical Leave: Up to 10 weeks of paid time for surgery, childbirth, a medical emergency or illness.
- Parental Leave: 16 weeks of paid time for primary caregivers, allowing new parents more time to spend bonding with their children. This benefit includes moms and dads who have become parents through childbirth, surrogacy, adoption or foster care.
- Maternity Leave: Through the combination of Medical and Parental Leave, birth mothers will receive up to 26 weeks of paid time.
- Family Care Leave: Provides employees up to four weeks of paid time to care for a sick family member.
At Adobe, we often say that our most important assets leave the building at the end of the day. Our employees are our intellectual property and our future. Now we will better support all of them, across a spectrum of age, gender and experience, with a diverse mix of family needs and situations. The investment is unquestionably worth it.