Donald Trump's plan calling for six weeks of mandatory paid leave for new moms is a step toward wooing women voters and a step up from current federal law--which doesn't require companies to provide any paid leave--but it's still behind the times for the business world.
While only 18 percent of U.S. organizations offer paid parental leave, according to the Society for Human Resource Management's 2016 Employee Benefits Survey, many high profile employers have begun announcing plans that both increase the amount of paid time off for new parents and offer it regardless of gender.
Netflix offers one of the most generous plans: unlimited paid leave for a year following a birth or adoption. In April Etsy announced new parents, regardless of gender, could take 6 months of paid leave. And new parents at Nike are entitled to eight weeks of paid leave.
Just last week Deloitte announced it would offer 16 weeks for all parents, plus an additional eight weeks of short-term disability leave for women who give birth. At the time, Mike Preston, Deloitte LLP's chief talent officer said company leadership sees the move as a good way for Deloitte to take the lead on what they see as an important public policy issue in the current election.
Hillary Clinton's plan, released last year, calls for 12 weeks of paid parental leave.