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by Cait Flanders for LearnVest

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Every year, Working Mother researches and reports on the 100 Best Companies to work for. Taking into account their family-friendly benefits—from flexible work schedules to on-site childcare facilities—the companies in the 2011 report had much to offer their working moms.

As we see it, one of the most important benefits for any working parent is paid parental leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act, passed in 1993, stipulates that employees are entitled to 12 weeks of leave around the time of the birth of their child. While there is no mandate saying that employers have to continue paying wages or salary during a parental leave (and there are other stipulations, as well), all of the companies in Working Mother’s report offer at least a short amount of paid time off.

Using the top 10 list from the report, we decided to investigate and find out what each company’s paid parental leave policy was. Listed in alphabetical order, see what the top 10 companies to work for are offering American moms. And we’re curious—how does your maternity leave compare?

1. Bank of America

Bank of America offers 12 weeks of paid parental leave for mothers, fathers and adoptive parents.

2. Deloitte

Deloitte gives working mothers eight weeks of paid parental leave. Dads can take three weeks of paid time off as well, but if both parents decide that Mom wants to go back to work sooner or Dad wants to have more time with the new baby, these numbers can be reversed!

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3. Discovery Communications

At Discovery Communications, working mothers can take up to 11 weeks off with full pay, plus another four weeks with partial pay. Adoptive parents and fathers can take three weeks off with pay.

4. Ernst & Young

Coming in at the top of the Working Mother list, Ernst & Young recently increased its paid maternity leave policy so that new working moms are now entitled to 39 weeks off with full pay.

5. General Mills

General Mills offers 26 job-guaranteed weeks off to both moms and dads; however, only two of those weeks are paid. The company also reimburses adoption expenses up to $10,000.

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