Flextime, childcare options and paid maternity leave are the keys issues for working mothers in the United States and what set companies apart as the best places to work, employment experts said on Tuesday.
Top corporations are already providing those benefits and more to some of the 24 million mothers with children under the age of 18 in the U.S. workforce, but many other firms still do not have policies in place.
“Sadly, paid leave and flexibility is still innovative for a lot of employers in this country,” said Jennifer Owens, the editorial director of “Working Mother’ magazine, which released its list of the 100 best companies for working mothers on Tuesday.
“The smart companies are thinking about how they are serving their workforce and realize that their greatest resources are the people who work for them,” she added in an interview.
When the annual list began 30 years ago, only five of the 30 best companies offered fully paid maternity leave and none had leave for new fathers or adoptive parents. Only seven had flextime.
Today the 100 best companies offer an average of eight weeks of leave, as well as flextime, telecommuting and other benefits.
But across the country only 5 percent of companies have fully paid maternity leave, and 58 percent have some paid leave, according to a 2014 study by the Families and Work Institute.
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