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Employees at Stonyfield Farm, a yogurt maker based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, recently received good news: They will soon be entitled to six months of paid parental leave. 

The surprise boost in benefits is brought on by an announcement from its French parent company, Danone, which decided to bring its parental leave policies for employees of its U.S. operations in line with those offered to its workers in France, where companies are required by law to offer women at least 16 weeks of paid maternity leave for their first or second children and 26 weeks of paid leave for any subsequent children. 

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