Not long after a friend of mine learned she was expecting her first child, her husband sought out a job at Facebook. As a dad-to-be, he found the company particularly attractive for its generous paternity leave policy — 17 weeks of paid time off.
That’s the highest, tied with Reddit, among the 13 companies surveyed by BuzzFeed about their parental leave policies — a mix of newer tech companies like Google and LinkedIn, and some of the largest companies in the U.S. by market capitalization, like Walmart, Procter & Gamble, and IBM.
The newer companies, on the whole, tended to offer much more generous paid leave policies for both parents; one company surveyed, Boeing, doesn’t offer any paid leave for new parents at all.
Then again, they don’t have to. The U.S. is among a handful of countries that don’t require employers to offer paid maternity leave. (Paid paternity leave is less universal.) U.S. law mandates only unpaid parental leave regardless of gender.
Except for Facebook and Reddit, every company surveyed offers more paid leave for new moms than for new dads. Parents who create families through adoption or surrogacy — a group that includes many same-sex couples — may also receive less than mothers who give birth.
Tech Companies Offer Workers The Most Paid Parental Leave
Where is the data showing the actual days taken from that leave? :/
1:33 pm • 27 August 2014 • 126 notes
Spec work being a hot button issue in our community recently afforded Dan Cassaro a swell of support when he publicly turned down Showtime’s offer of unpaid work. But despite the growing backlash against accepting projects without compensation, designers are content to remain silent about clients who refuse or systematically stall payment after a project is completed. While it remains important for members of our community to reject spec work invitations, we must also warn one another of those who leave contracts unfulfilled, turning what was legitimate work into a form of unpaid spec work.
With that said, the potential for this post to be misconstrued as bitter or angry is nearly infinite, and I’m afraid future partnerships may be jeopardized by writing it. However, after talking it over with multiple colleagues and researching similar scenarios, I’ve decided at the end of the day, I have to do what I feel is right.
If you are a designer or illustrator, I would advise against working with Tumblr.
I have been, and continue to be, an ardent supporter of their platform, having personally hosted Games Designed, Future 52, and my own blog on Tumblr for years. When they contacted me in January, I was ecstatic to work with them on their collaboration with Axe and Yahoo! Sports to celebrate the Super Bowl. However, that excitement has given way to exasperation in the seven months since that I have gone unpaid. I won’t quote any dialogue with tumblr’s employees, as I acknowledge and respect that our conversations were had in confidence. Furthermore, I just want to say that I don’t hold any ill-will toward the employees that I’ve spoken with, as I believe they have had nothing but good intentions. The problem lies not with them, but with the broken system they are working within. That said, here is a brief summation of the events that have transpired:
• Today is August 26th. My original invoice is 136 days past due.
• My wife (who handles my invoicing) and I have exchanged 49 emails with five different tumblr employees over a period of six months.
• I have received four different payment timelines, ranging from “This week” in March, to “Within a 60 day period” in July. Last week, a PO was issued, which should guarantee me payment within the next 60 days.
• I have submitted two invoices and I have signed up as a Yahoo! vendor twice.
• Tumblr employees have apologized 10 times for the delayed payment.
• Tumblr sent me a very nice thank you card when the project was wrapped. (I’m not being sarcastic of facetious, it was very thoughtful of them and I wish more clients sent follow-up cards like that.)
After six months of back and forth, in an attempt to find a contact within the company that might help me navigate the labyrinth, I reached out to a number of other freelancers who have worked with Tumblr. Of the six contacted, four have also gone unpaid for a considerable amount of time. All, including those who were eventually paid, experienced the same difficulties my wife and I have been wading through for months. This is what propelled me to write this post.
Make no mistake: Tumblr’s service has allowed clients to discover my work, helped me find new projects and offered me the chance to share my output with thousands. It’s for these reasons that I love Tumblr and am also incredibly disheartened by the professional disrespect my colleagues and I have received from them. They should not be asking for work from artists if there is no infrastructure in place to pay them within a reasonable period of time.
This issue is something Tumblr needs to address internally; a company that values art and the creative community should be prioritizing compensation and the respectful treatment of the people it works with. In the mean time, I encourage the creative community to be more open with one another about clients that leave invoices unpaid, and avoid those clients that act in such a manner. If we don’t respect ourselves, how can we ask for respect from our clients?
By Alex Griendling / Blog / Twitter
10:59 am • 26 August 2014 • 359 notes
Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it. Not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours.
10:20 am • 11 August 2014 • 103 notes
The Ultimate Design Library Giveaway.
Monday! The mondays love the typography, so I bring you this giveaway from the Inkydeals site. Inkydeals have released a huge (and monthly) bundle of graphic design resources where you can find tons of different photoshop and illustrator templates, actions, fonts, textures and every bit of resources that you think you will need is probably on this bundle. Is a huge amount of files (38GB) of new graphics never released and different from previous bundles.
You can take this bundle worth more than $5k for $59 only for 3 days or take the $99 which include this bundle and the previous Epic Bundle.
Or you can reblog this image and I will choose from the notes 2 winners at the end of the week to give them the complete bundle.
Just reblog, you don’t even have to follow me. A reblog is a entry to win this super bundle.
See all the resources here: http://bit.ly/designlibrary
3:38 pm • 28 July 2014 • 1,332 notes