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Tech Companies Setting New Standard in Parental Leave for Employees

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Want paid parental leave? You should work for a tech company.

Microsoft recently increased its paid leave to 20 weeks for mothers and 12 weeks for fathers. Even more impressive is Netflix, which announced recently that it will provide up to a year of paid parental leave for employees. Though companies in other developed countries routinely offer paid parental leave for employees like this, it’s remarkable for a U.S. company.

It’s also noteworthy because the one-year paid leave includes fathers along with mothers.

To visualize Microsoft and Netflix’s progressive approach, visual communication and design agency Column Five created a simple a graphic. It emphasizes how these two tech companies are generously compensating their employees compared to the legal minimum of zero weeks.

Over the years, tech companies have made groundbreaking changes in terms of work-life balance. So far, only Microsoft and Netflix have offered the generous parental leave benefits described here, but other tech companies are sure to follow.

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Image: Column Five

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Sprint, AT&T Competition Could Mean Lower Fees

sprint storeSprint is using the AT&T acquisition of DirecTV  to lure a competitor’s customers away. To mark the occasion, Sprint is offering current customers of DirecTV a free year of service.

In the release, Kevin Crull, Chief Marketing Officer of Sprint says:

“DIRECTV customers love their TV service – but they shouldn’t have to settle for AT&T wireless. Why not build the perfect bundle by combining with Sprint wireless? We’re winning awards across the country because our network has never been stronger, faster or more reliable, and our customers have never been more satisfied.”

This is absolutely in the spirit of competition in the marketplace and could lead to better prices for the customer — including small businesses. It’s the spirit that used to be demonstrated in gas station wars, where stations in the same neighborhood competed for the lowest price. This sometimes went to the extreme of the stronger business outlasting the other in selling at less than cost, leading to the failure of one and sometimes both gas stations.

Don’t look for either of these giants to fail, though, but one can hope for better prices and services.

According to Sprint’s announcement, from now through September 30, 2015, Sprint will give DirecTV customers who switch to Sprint a free year of service with unlimited talk, text and a full 2GB of data per line (up to five). DirecTV customers already with Sprint can get in on the deal by adding a new line.

For those currently on contract with another company, Sprint will pay off your old phone and contract. If not on contract or paying off a phone, Sprint will buy back your old working smartphone for up to $300. To get in on this offer, go to any Sprint store with your DirecTV bill or upload a copy of your bill to or call 1-800-Sprint-1.

After the year of free service is up, the accounts will roll over to a plan with competitive rates of $50 for one line through to $180 for five lines for the same plan. To see more, see Sprint’s announcement.

Sprint began life as a land line telephone company in 1899, supply service to rural customers around Abilene KS as Brown Telephone Company. After the turn of the 21st century, the company divested itself of landline services, spinning its assets into a new company called Embarq. That company became Sprint Corporation; joining with Nextel, it became known as Sprint Nextel. It is still the largest long distance carrier in the country and eventually became best known as a cellular service carrier.

Sprint is showing its mettle and its determination to become the largest cell phone company with its grab for DirecTV customers. But maybe we will all benefit from the competition.

Sprint Store Photo via Shutterstock

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