W2 Issues/Concerns

Subscribe To Our Newsletter


Check out our weekly blog posts and see the latest news and discussions happening in the HR world of business.

Microsoft Ups Paid Leave Benefits for Caregivers

Earlier this month, we posted a blog about New York State’s new paid family leave benefits that will eventually entitle employees working for in-state companies to receive up to 12 weeks of leave for the birth of a child or to care for a sick relative – among other family-centered events – paid at up to 67 percent of the employee’s salary.

Think this won’t impact you? Even if you aren’t in New York State, a growing number of companies the country over are increasingly adding similar perks to their benefits offerings as a way to attract new employees and retain those that they already have. Microsoft has long been one of those companies to offer extra leave for parents, but recently made headlines when it expanded its other family-centered offerings.

Specifically, Microsoft announced the roll-out of a paid caregiver leave benefit that entitles its 121,500 employees in 22 countries to up to four weeks of paid leave “to care for an immediate family member with a serious health condition.” The tech giant rolled out the benefit in response to the requests of employees, who named this as their most wanted perk.

Microsoft HR chief, Kathleen Hogan, noted in the announcement of the companywide benefit that this benefit was particularly important to the current population of workers as they are in what is considered the “sandwich generation,” whereby many people of working age are caring for both children and their aging parents. She noted that “as a company, we’re always looking for ways to invest in our people and make Microsoft an exceptional place to work. It’s from this perspective that we’re announcing a new global benefit for our employees—family caregiver leave.”

The leave is considered separate to the 12 weeks of paid leave that new parents are eligible for under a revised paid leave policy; mothers, meanwhile, are entitled to an additional eight weeks of paid leave under the new policy, bring the new benefit to up to 20 weeks of paid parental leave for new mothers. Previously, the benefits package granted mothers 12 weeks of paid leave and eight weeks of unpaid leave and fathers up to four weeks of paid time off and up to eight weeks of unpaid leave.

Do you offer generous family leave benefits at your company? Let us know in the comments below. 

Post a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Featured BLOGS

  • How to Celebrate Women’s History Month at Your Office

    March marks women’s history month, and this year the theme is “nevertheless, she persisted.” The famed quote, directed at Democratic Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren by Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, was made in reference to Warren’s objection to President Trump’s nomination of Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions to the role of US Attorney General. Warren had been in the middle of a lengthy speech criticizing Sessions when McConnell invoked a little known Senate rule that allowed them to vote along party lines to stop her from speaking. But, nevertheless, she persisted – and thus the feminist movement found its new

  • Five Employee Handbook Offenses to Lookout for This Year

    With all the recent reforms in workplace laws at both the federal and state levels, now seems as good a time as any to begin reviewing your own employee handbook with a critical eye and making changes to make sure that what is inside reflects the current business climate. In particular, SHRM suggests that companies pay particular attention to state and local laws on leave entitlement, background checks and wage and hourly working rules. Emerging areas of interest may also include regulations governing the presence of firearms in the workplace, as well as evolving marijuana rules as more states take

FSA | CommuterNew EmployeeAbel PortalTime Clock