Editorial: The haves and have-nots of paid family leave (September 6, 2015)

The Fresno Bee 

As the “Fight for $15” has preoccupied blue-collar workers, the high end of the workforce has discovered a new privilege: paid family leave.

Four months at Facebook for new mothers and fathers. Three months at Microsoft, plus an optional part-time re-entry. At Netflix, a full year of “unlimited” paid parental leave.

Finally, some balance, right? Not exactly. Though the trend toward more generous corporate leave policies is great news, it’s irrelevant for most workers. The big, mostly tech companies expanding paid family leave are competing for skilled engineers or trying to recruit women. Good for them, and good for their families. But down the ladder, work-life balance remains a distant dream.