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Netflix expands parental leave benefits for lower-paid workers

Netflix Inc. expanded parental benefits for hourly workers in its streaming, DVD and customer-service divisions, granting full pay for maternity leave and including paternity and adoptions as well.

Hourly employees in Netflix’s streaming operation will receive as many as 16 weeks at full pay for maternity, paternity and adoptions, the Los Gatos, California-based online TV network said Wednesday in an emailed statement. For DVD-by-mail, it’s 12 weeks, and customer-service workers will be covered for 14 weeks.

The added benefits narrow the gap some between hourly employees and salaried streaming workers, who get up to one year off as new parents and can take as much vacation time as they see fit. Netflix and other tech employers like Amazon.com Inc. have increased benefits for new parents to attract talent in a competitive marketplace. Advocacy groups criticized Netflix for excluding its hourly DVD workers from those perks, and campaigned for changes.

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