Friday, September 21, 2007

100 Best Companies for Moms

Every time the list from Working Mother of 100 Best Companies comes out, I peruse it and am shocked to find former employers on there. Why am I shocked? Because they were not great places for the working moms I knew.

So I'm not hugely surprised to see in the report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research that the bar from Working Mother to be a Best Company has been set pretty darn low in the first place. The best places to work barely offer paid leave. It's better than nothing, but it's not a lot.

...nearly one-quarter (24 percent) of the best employers for working mothers provide four or fewer weeks of paid maternity leave, and half (52 percent) provide six weeks or less. Nearly half of the best companies fail to provide any paid leave for paternity or adoption. While more than one-quarter of the best companies (28 percent) provide nine or more weeks of paid maternity leave, many of the winners’ paid parental leave policies fall far short of families’ needs.

Ask a new mom if she's ready to go back to work at 4 weeks. Paltry paid benefits aside---the reason I'm surprised to see some of these companies on the list is that they systematically disclude employees from benefits by making them long-term temporary employees. That means no real benefits. And that certainly does not benefit women who have children.

Via Feminist Daily News