Netflix made big news by increasing its maternity and paternity leave to a year. But in a really interesting piece, The New Yorker’s Vauhini Vara provides some historical and economic background and makes the case why not all paid family leave regulations should be left up to private employers: “Among the earners of the highest wages, twenty-two per cent have access to paid family leave, while among the lowest earners, only four per cent do. It turns out that a disparity exists even within Netflix.”

+ WaPo on the surprising number of parents scaling back at work to care for kids. One of the key reasons is the cost of childcare. (Robot babysitting can’t be far off. My kids seem perfectly happy being left home with the iPad.)