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Let’s start a conversation around parental leave - how is it at your agency. Does your agency do enough to support new parents? What changes can we make in our industry to better support working parents? Share your stories about being a working parent.

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Let’s expand to talk about family planning, too, please! We know that, what, 50% of our peers are female (and in some cases, especially in PR, that percentage is much higher!) and many of us are delaying having families into our late 20s or 30s. I love that so many companies offer IVF support, but why not also offer proactive fertility support so those employees who focus on their careers first are not penalized in their 30s when it comes to having children later (eg as a high risk pregnancy). Offering options for a broad range of family planning needs, including egg freezing, is increasingly important.

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@Garage 1 - if agencies are asking their female employees to work ungodly hours and weekends throughout their prime childbearing years it feels like just compensation to give them a chance to have children later on

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It’s a lot of advocating for yourself — negotiating flexible schedules like WFH a set number of days per week, leaving at 4, 5 or 6 and then logging on post-kid bed time. It also helps when senior leadership sets the example. Some places it’s considered a weakness to acknowledge you even have tiny humans at home. Other places, it’s not. Find the latter For me, right now the hardest part is figuring out how to be a part of my kid’s school culture. I find my workplace much more flexible than schools. Impossible to make PTA meetings, commit to chairing events, etc. because our educational system is still set up as if there is a stay-home parent in each household. Want to volunteer for that committee because you have a great idea? Cool. They meet every Tuesday at 11:30 am; there are no notes circulated and you can’t dial in. Rinse and repeat.

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My agency has four weeks parental leave. Pretty sweet as a father. I remember at a previous agency an AD tried to go on paternity leave and theECD laughed saying that's not a real thing. Times have changed even from 2007. My wife works at an internet company with one month preleave and four months post.

Correction: six weeks

We have no paternity leave. :( We have to use vacation days.

Our parental leave is two weeks for mothers and fathers. If you are the birthing parent, you can then use short term disability at 100 percent pay- the amount you get is based on how long you have been at the company, I think the max is 12 or 16 weeks. However this puts a non birthing parent (dad, adopting parent, or a mother in a same sex partnership not giving birth) at a disadvantage which I think is very problematic. I have seen several dads just take the two weeks off because they can not afford to be at reduced pay. Two weeks is not enough leave if you are adopting. The state provides benefits to non birthing parents but not at full salary. I will say they are supportive and generally flexible with returning parents. But there needs to be more time off for non birthing parents.

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