One day after Netflix announced a change in policy that allows new parents to take up to a year of "unlimited" paid leave, Microsoft announced its own plan to expand it's paid parental leave to twelve weeks, in addition to the eight weeks that new mothers are already allotted.
The United States is one of just two countries in the world (Papau New Guinea, the other) that has no national mandate for paid parental leave.
Providing paid leave for new parents allows infants to get the love and interaction that they need in their critical first year of life. Paid parental leave also makes good economic sense. Paid leave attracts more would-be mothers into the workforce, allowing for more dual-income households with higher levels of disposable income.