Pinterest announced some benefits changes Monday that will ease the path to parenthood for its employees.
Starting July 1, all Pinterest employees will have access to up to $5,000 in net benefits toward adoption and up to $20,000 toward surrogacy, with those benefits covering “everything from travel to agency and legal fees, and any other related expenses.”
The company had already been providing parental leave of 16 weeks off and a four-week transition, as well as fertility benefits of up to $20,000.
Pinterest head of diversity and inclusion Candice Morgan explained the move in a blog post:
We’re always working on building our culture around our mission of helping people discover and do what they love—take for example our internal conference, Knit Con, where employees teach each other special skills over two days. In that spirit, our people team often speaks with employees to learn more about how we should expand our benefits, and we recently spoke with a colleague who’s been looking into surrogacy with his husband. The high costs associated with surrogacy were raised, and we began looking into how we could help him, and others in similar situations, ease the financial burden.
As of July 1, we’ll begin rolling out new adoption and surrogacy assistance to all employees, in addition to existing programs including 16 weeks parental leave for mothers and fathers and fertility benefits (up to $20,000). Any employee going through the adoption process can receive a reimbursement up to $5,000 in net benefits, while those working with a surrogate can receive reimbursement up to $20,000 in net benefits, covering costs associated with everything from travel to agency and legal fees, and any other related expenses.