Today marks the 25th anniversary of the Family and Medical Leave Act — which ensures certain employees have unpaid leave to provide for a new child or seriously ill family member, address military family caregiving needs, or to recover from a serious health condition.
At Airbnb, we want our employees to be able to bring our whole selves to work, which means providing time off when people need it the most. We’re proud to provide all eligible US-based employees who are new parents with 10 weeks of paid parental leave, and expectant mothers up to an additional 12 weeks of paid pregnancy leave, totaling up to 22 weeks. We also provide eligible new parents the ability to transition back to work with a four-day week for eight weeks when they return.
In addition to our family leave, Airbnb offers at least 40 hours of sick leave per year to all employees. We also believe it’s important for employees to take needed time to reflect and rebuild after a significant loss, which is why we provide up to 20 days of paid bereavement leave for loss of an immediate family member. Not only do these policies benefit our employees’ health and home life, they also help retain talent, preserve our culture, and maintain our commitment to diversity and equality – all of which benefit the company as a whole. We will continue to explore and expand these benefits and encourage other corporate leaders to do the same.
As a 21st-century company, we believe it’s critical that we play a role in helping employees achieve their goals and work-life balance. Designing a 21st-century company means balancing the needs of all our stakeholders, which includes our employees. Ensuring our employees and their families are healthy and thriving is critical to this vision and the long-term sustainability of the company.