"...today we're introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child's birth or adoption."

This shouldn't come as a surprise, but the United States ranks last in the world for maternity/paternity leave. According to statistics from the Labor Bureau, only 12% of American workers have access to paid parental leave.

Personally, I find this ironic, since everybody is trying to find a work/life balance. But there are quite a few large companies that are taking matters into their own hands, and now, we can add Netflix to that list.

Yesterday, the company issued this statement on their blog:

"At Netflix, we work hard to foster a 'freedom and responsibility' culture that gives our employees context about our business and the freedom to make their own decisions along with the accompanying responsibility. With this in mind, today we're introducing an unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads that allows them to take off as much time as they want during the first year after a child's birth or adoption.

"We want employees to have the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances. Parents can return part-time, full-time, or return and then go back out as needed. We'll just keep paying them normally, eliminating the headache of switching to state or disability pay. Each employee gets to figure out what's best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences.

"Netflix's continued success hinges on us competing for and keeping the most talented individuals in their field. Experience shows people perform better at work when they're not worrying about home. This new policy, combined with our unlimited time off, allows employees to be supported during the changes in their lives and return to work more focused and dedicated."

I think this is a great idea. Obviously, in making such a broad statement, I'm sure they'll be the first to crack down if somebody abuses it. Family comes first! What do you think?