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Spotify Announces Six-Month Parental Leave Policy

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Music streaming service Spotify announced it will offer six months of paid parental leave to full-time employees.

The paid leave, which would apply to both mothers and fathers, can be taken all at once or broken up, according to a Spotify press release on the policy. New parents can take advantage of the policy until their child’s third birthday.

Even when parents return from their time off, Spotify says it will help with their transition back to work by giving them more ability to work from home or with flexible hours.

“This policy best defines who we are as a company, born out of a Swedish culture that places an emphasis on a healthy work/family balance, gender equality, and the ability for every parent to spend quality time with the people that matter most in their lives,” Spotify’s chief human resources officer, Katarina Berg, wrote in the release.

Netflix announced in 2015 that it would offer unlimited paid parental leave during the first year of the child’s life.

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