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Joyce Lain Kennedy

Terrific new parental leave policies

DEAR JOYCE: I just read that the music streaming giant Spotify has announced a global parental leave policy that gives all full-time employees, both mothers and fathers, up to six months 100 percent paid leave. The leave can be taken all at once or broken up until their child's third birthday.

Even when parents return from their time off, Spotify says it will aid their transition back to work by giving them flexible hours or remote work.

Do you know the U.S. is one of only four nations in the world that fails to guarantee the right to paid maternity leave? -- L. R.

I do now. Thanks. Employees who want to become parents need an understanding employer. Spotify, based in...