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

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The surprise boost in benefits is brought on by an announcementfrom its French parent company, Danone, which decided to bring itsparental leave policies for employees of its U.S. operations inline with those offered to its workers in France, where companiesare required by law to offer women at least 16 weeks ofpaid maternity leave for their firstor second children and 26 weeks of paid leave for any subsequentchildren.

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Like many American employers, Stonyfield does not currentlyoffer any paid parental leave. New parents are currently allowedfour weeks of unpaid time off in addition to the federally-mandated12 weeks of unpaid leave.

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In a statement explaining the decision to the New HampshireUnion Leader, Stonyfield spokesperson Liza Dube suggested thatproviding parents with time to raise their kids shouldn’t be leftup to the business world.

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“The U.S. is tragically behind the rest of the world when itcomes to acknowledging all of the benefits that come along withhaving a caregiver home when a child is introduced to the family,”she said.

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“We’re doing it because America is not doing it for us,” sheadded.

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Expanding various types of leave seems to be all the rage overthe past year. Big-name companies, particularly in tech, have beenannouncing generous new vacation and parental leave policies in an effortto attract and retain top talent. The positive public relationsthat they gain from the announcements probably doesn’t hurteither.

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However, the companies that have been making the announcementsdisproportionately employ well-paid, white collar workers. Therehas been very little evidence that blue collar America has gottenmuch out of corporate America’s newfound sense ofaltruism.

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One bright spot for unskilled workers came from Hilton, whichrecently announced that it will offer 10 weeks of paid maternityleave to the thousands of hourly workers employed at itshotels.

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