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EA expands US parental leave policy

By Brendan Sinclair

EA expands US parental leave policy

Thu 07 Jan 2016 7:35pm GMT / 2:35pm EST / 11:35am PST

Publisher more than doubles paid leave in most of the country to 10 weeks

Electronic Arts has announced a new change to its parental leave policy that will make some of its employees eligible for more than twice as much paid leave after the addition of a new family member. The company this week announced that all of its US employees who have been with the company for at least a year can now take 10 weeks of paid leave when they become new parents, whether through birth or adoption. Birth mothers can also combine that leave with disability leave to take as much as six months of paid time off work.

"Research shows that paid leave improves employee morale, retention and most importantly, has significant benefits for family health and wellness," said EA chief talent officer Gabrielle Toledano. "At EA, we want to create a culture that inspires you to do the best work of your career, but we know you can only do that by having the flexibility and support to balance your career and personal life."

An EA representative said that previously, employees in California were given seven weeks of parental leave; this change also sees the amount of leave pay given to those workers increased. For EA employees outside California, this change more than doubles the length of parental they can take. As for EA's Canadian employees, the representative also noted that it has increased the top-up pay it gives to birth mothers during their leave.

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Hugo Trepanier Senior UI Designer, Hibernum

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This is a very good move to help young families reorganize and take care of their newborn.

Rules are a little bit different in Quebec for Canadian employees as we already have a very strong governmental program in place. Both parents can take some extended time off from work at a slightly lowered percentage of their base salary, and we can decide how much goes to the father or mother. I am myself just back from a 4 month paid leave for our second child and I am very thankful for that, as is my wife for the help she got.

It is only a bit unfortunate that mothers need to use a "disability" leave to increase their paid time off work as it portrays birth in a negative light. Society totally underrates the work these wonderful women do to give birth to and raise our future generations.

Posted:9 months ago


Ben Mathis Art Director & Co-Founder, Snjohus Software

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This is a small step in the right direction, but 10 weeks is still far too little. Here in Iceland we get 3 months per parent with another 3 months to split as we see fit, and it's extended to same sex couples, as well as those finalizing an adoption (not necessary for the child to be a newborn).

Posted:9 months ago


James Brightman Editor in Chief,

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I'm glad to see EA doing something for parents - hopefully this is a trend at game companies.

Posted:9 months ago


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