For a long time now, Google has been regarded as a global leader in employee benefits. However, unlike many Silicon Valley firms, it does not provide limitless paid time off. Employees have also been dissatisfied with extended work hours and the inability to enjoy free lunches and other Google workplace benefits during the pandemic.
Employees are now entitled to a minimum of 20 compensated vacation days every year, up from 15 days.
Fiona Cicconi, Google’s chief people officer, stated in a statement that the extended leave seeks to offer support to employees at every stage of their life, which involves giving great benefits.
Google stated that parents who give birth are now entitled to 24 weeks off, up from 18. All other parents will be given 18 weeks of parental leave.
It would also increase caregiver leave to eight weeks for those caring for very ill loved ones.
Most U.S. tech behemoths provide less paid leave for new mothers than Google does: birth parents at Microsoft and Airbnb receive 22 weeks paid time off, 18 weeks at Uber, 20 weeks at Amazon, and approximately 17 weeks at Meta.
Netflix, which has allowed up to a year of parental leave from 2015, and Adobe and Salesforce, all of which give 26 weeks, are among the tech companies that provide more parental leave than Google. The Washington Post reported that the US is the only developed country which does not provide federally mandated paid parental leave. As of March 2021, the Bureau of Labour Statistics determined that just two out of every ten civilian and private-sector employees in the US can access paid family leave. President Joe Biden fought to implement paid family and medical leave, and the majority of Americans backed it. His chances of keeping the pledge were almost dashed in October when lawmakers refused to add paid family and medical leave to the Build Back Better proposal.