The 50 Best Places to Work For New Dads 2018: Cooley LLP

Our list of 50 Best Places to Work For New Dads in 2018 recognizes companies with exceptional paternity leave and benefits programs.

by Fatherly
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Fatherly’s annual “50 Best Places to Work for New Dads” ranking is a celebration of corporations committed to helping men manage their dual roles as providers and caregivers. Though only one company can be ranked number one, every company featured has provided real support for working parents with exceptional and thoughtful offerings.

Cooley LLP

Rank: 39

2017 Rank: N/ANumber of Employees: 1,770

Cooley LLP, a national legal firm headquartered in Palo Alto, California, updated its parental leave policy in 2016 to provide attorney “primary caregivers” with 20 weeks of fully paid parental leave and non-attorneys with 12 weeks of fully paid parental leave. Though primary leave is offered to both men and women, programs that require “primary” and “secondary” delineations rarely often dissuade men from taking advantage of a company’s full offering. However, Cooley still makes the list because of its generous “secondary” offer of 10 weeks of paid parental leave.

In addition to their parental leave, the firm offers assistance to expecting and new parents and assistance to parents trying to conceive, although the details on that assistance are not clear. Backup daycare options are provided, but adoption support, onsite childcare, and assistance through a childcare subsidy are not. Employees have 10 sick days a year and are allowed to use those to take care of their children, should they get sick.

Fatherly’s 2018 rankings are based on a scoring metric inclusive of data related to company policies on the following issues: paid parent leave, ramp-back time, flextime, onsite childcare, childcare subsidies, backup childcare, number of sick days, support groups, fertility aid, adoption aid, student loan assistance, education funding, bereavement leave, elder care planning. Length of paid leave, onsite childcare, and ramp-back time were the most heavily weighted ranking factors.

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