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Parental leave policies. The best and the worst in adland? Please respond with your agency policy. Include policy for fathers and adoptive parents too.

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I'll check the mother policy tomorrow. I'm fairly certain it's more than the fathers. As far as staying with the agency I'd say it's all contingent on the account you work on and who you report too. I'm fortunate enough to work on a account that doesn't suck the life out of me and a manager that fully understands work life balance as they are also a parent. However, there are other accounts that are quite the opposite.

I really don't understand how mothers can be at home only 10 weeks with their newborn...?! I'm from Sweden and for every child we have 480 days paid (not full salary pay but you survive) that can be shared between the parents. I was home 8,5 months before starting work 50% with the first kid and a year with the second. Now I am on summer holiday and both me and my husband are off work for 5 weeks together. In August I'll work 80% and my husband will be on paternity leave for 5-6 months with our 14 months old baby until she starts kindergarten..

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I hear 72andSunny pays for you and your SO to relax on an all inclusive vacation to Bora Bora while your paid-for stay-at-home wet nurse raises your newborn.

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Thanks for all the responses. I'm amazed that our industry sucks at parental leave. I'm beyond the kid stage but care about all parents and the younger generation. It's no wonder there is little female leadership in agencies. The industry needs to wake up. Our clients, google, FB etc and even the consulting firms turning into agencies have it right. We are going to lose talent. It comes down to the greed of the holding companies who are mostly run by men. Keep the responses and your views on this topic coming.

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Unless your handing out citizenships let's leave Sweden out of this. They are the apex an essentially every benefit.

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Works out to 7-8 weeks paid for mothers, more if you want to blow through your PTO. And you can be out of the office up to 12 weeks. You can't add pto time on top of the unpaid to stretch out your leave which I think is bullshit. Dads I think is two weeks. I'm likely done having children but I would factor generous parental leave policies into any future job decisions - I feel like it shows respect for working parents and investment in female leaders.

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@BBDO 1, that's sad 😞

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It is. While I had silicon valley clients who were off for six months, I was wondering if I should save my 4th and 5th days for later if the baby got sick. Barbaric.

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👏 agreed Grey 1. I'm also done having children but I think this is the one perk agencies really need to figure out. If they're going to want to compete with the Googles and the Consultancy groups they need to reform this.

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This thread is awesome. If you're in HR at one of these companies with crappy parental leave, take aims to end the barbarism.

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R/GA

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No paternity leave at my last agency (the one just before I jumped ship for freelance). I had to use my remaining PTO, which was only like 4 days, and then I had to take the rest of my 2 weeks unpaid. That stung.

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Okay. Follow up to my previous post. Dads get 6 weeks full pay and can be used up to 12 months of the birth or adoption. It seems that it's the same for mothers as well. However, it will run concurrently with 12 weeks of FMLA so... I think that means mothers can have up to 3 months. Anyone else here work at R/GA who can confirm this?

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Well that's the dumbest thing I've ever heard.

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6 weeks for fathers regardless if your a birth parent or adopting. The 6 weeks are good for up to one year. Use it all at once or break it up as needed.

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6-8 weeks paid maternity leave depending on c-section or vag birth. Plus 2 weeks paid as a company courtesy. So up to 10 weeks paid leave.

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Word on the street is 2 weeks paid paternity leave

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6 weeks paternity, similar to SP1. Not sure on maternity.

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5 fucking days for dads.

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I'm also beyond my baby years, but returning to work after 3 months for child 1 and 4 months (1 of which was unpaid) with child 2 was hard. I would have loved the graduated return to work benefit now offered. And had an agency offered me 6 months? They'd have my loyalty for life.

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Our agency offers 6 weeks for fathers. You can take it all at once or parse it out over a year from the birth or adoption date. I chose to spread it out over a year because I felt it would be less of an impact on my team plus beneficial for my family since the initial stages of growth are so critical. The other day I actually had a colleague ask me to stop taking so much time off. The balls on this person.

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