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Microsoft staffers to get extended maternity and paternity leaves (4 & 1.5 Months respectively)

by Milicent Atieno
maternal and paternal leave

There is a lot of anxiety that comes with a new baby, especially for first-time parents. In all these anxiety, a parent’s world revolves around the newborn baby. And rightfully so, as it is such a crucial time for parent and baby for form a strong bond. The baby needs the first faces he or she will often be seeing to be that of the parents.

However, in modern times, getting some quality time with your spouse, family, and even friends come once in a blue moon. Introduce a baby into the picture, and all of a sudden, the parent will be torn between accomplishing work-related duties and spending quality times with the newborn.

Luckily most organization give their staffs paid leaves to spend time with their newborn babies. The woman always gets longer leave time than the man, because the will be nursing, and the doctor’s rule pediatrician’s rule of thumb states that the baby should feed exclusively on breast milk for the first six months of their lives.

Although most companies do give their female staffers three months paid leaves, that time is a far cry from the recommended time of six months; the males get two weeks off. Well, Microsoft is the latest big tech company to join the short list of companies that give an extended leave period for their staffers to attend to their kids.

Microsoft has made changes to its maternal and paternal leave policy by extending the period to five months and six weeks respectively. Though the maternal leave still leaves one more month to be desired by a nursing mother in order to attain the full six-month exclusive breastfeeding. The extension of maternal and paternal leave by Microsoft undoubtedly is highly welcomed.

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