By Jonathan Davies

Netflix will allow its employees to take "unlimited" parental leave in the first year of their child's life, the steaming service has announced.

Netflix's chief talent officer, Tawni Cranz, announced the decision in a blog post.

She said the policy would give new parents “the flexibility and confidence to balance the needs of their growing families without worrying about work or finances”.

Netflix said parents would be able to return part-time, full-time or temporarily.

In the US, new mums are typically allowed just 12 weeks of maternity leave.

Netflix said a “freedom and responsibility culture” would help to attract and retain the best workers in Silicon Valley.

“Each employee gets to figure out what’s best for them and their family, and then works with their managers for coverage during their absences,” Ms Cranz said.

Microsoft

US tech giant Microsoft also announced changes to its parental leave policy. Although it did not go as far Netflix, Microsoft announced plans to increase its paid paternity leave to 12 weeks and maternity leave to 20 weeks.