New Maternity Leave Means Bring Your Kids to Work

Firms go ga-ga over not losing mom for months
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 4, 2009 6:00 PM CST
New Maternity Leave Means Bring Your Kids to Work
Some women are bringing their children to work, rather than going on maternity leave.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Every day can be bring-your-child-to-work day, the New York Times reports, as more companies are allowing parents to bring their babies into the office. The move helps moms and dads dodge the financial hit of parental leave while simultaneously spending time with their kids. “I have not heard anyone react other than enthusiastically,” says one mom and CEO, who puts in 12-hour days with her two kids next-door.

The Parenting in the Workplace Institute lists 117 companies friendly to babies in the workplace. One company compensates for lost productivity with a modest pay cut, and a psychologist says there aren’t any adverse consequences for the child, but not everyone is on board. “I think it’s a little distracting to have children at the office,” one businesswoman says.
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