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Microsoft Requires Paid Parental Leave for Subcontractors

Companies that provide temporary workers to the software giant will have to offer 12 weeks paid 

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Companies that want to staff Microsoft’s cafeterias, entrance desks and other positions will have to offer those workers three months of paid parental leave, the software giant said Thursday.

To qualify for contracts, companies will have to provide at least 12 weeks of paid time off, up to $1,000 a week, at the birth or adoption of a new child. The policy will apply to companies with 50 or more workers who perform “substantial” work for Microsoft. The requirement will be phased in over the next 12 months and is expected to impact thousands of workers.