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Pumped about parental benefits.

The working-parent pressures that benefits haven’t addressed

Member exclusive by Heather Landy for The new management

If it feels like parental benefits have become the great HR issue of our time, there’s a good reason for this.

Parenting while working is a feat that often stretches employees to their limits, especially if they’re doing it on their own or with a partner who also has a career. And for the first time ever, companies are being run by people from a generation that broadly understands this, even if many leaders haven’t personally experienced the pressure themselves.

More companies are offering at least 12 weeks paid leave for new mothers, a paid-leave policy for new fathers, and a room where nursing moms can pump in private. Some even have an option to come back from parental leave on a reduced schedule that gradually increases, or help cover the cost of fertility treatments, adoption, or even a child’s college tuition.