Yogurt company Chobani will offer six weeks of 100 percent paid parental leave for both mothers and fathers, the company announced Wednesday.
All full-time hourly and salaried employees will be eligible, the company said. Some other companies — including Netflix — offer fewer weeks of paid parental leave to its hourly workers than its salaried employees.
Chobani's policy is open to all new parents who have given birth, adopted, or been placed with a foster child — not just mothers who have recently given birth. It will begin next year.
The U.S. is the only country in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that doesn't guarantee paid maternity leave, forcing many parents to return to work sooner than they would like after having a child.
Chobani founder and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya said his company's move was aimed at highlighting the lack of nationwide parental leave.
"As a founder and a new father, my son opened my eyes to the fact that the vast majority of workers in this country don't have access to paid family leave when they have a new child," Ulukaya said in a statement. "That's especially true when it comes to manufacturing and that needs to change in this country and Chobani needed to be part of that change."