Date
20 November 2017
Apple and Facebook are stepping up the war for top talent with new and expensive benefits for women employees. Photo: Bloomberg
Apple and Facebook are stepping up the war for top talent with new and expensive benefits for women employees. Photo: Bloomberg

Apple, Facebook want employees to freeze their eggs

Apple Inc. and Facebook Inc. want women to freeze their eggs and pay for it.

From January, Apple will pay female employees up to US$20,000 for procedure and storage costs to freeze their eggs, according to Reuters.

Earlier, NBC News reported that Facebook has begun covering egg-freezing for non-medical reasons, making it one of the first major employers in the technology sector to do so.

A Facebook spokeswoman confirmed that the company rolled out the benefit in January in response to requests from employees, among other reasons.

“We continue to expand our benefits for women, with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cryopreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments,” Apple said in a statement.

“We want to empower women at Apple to do the best work of their lives as they care for loved ones and raise their families.”

Egg freezing enables women to delay child bearing. The procedure is also used by women who have to undergo medical treatments that interfere with fertility such as with cancer.

The procedure typically costs up to US$10,000, with an additional US$500 for storage each year.

In the raging war for talent, Silicon Valley companies are offering an array of new family planning perks.

Apple said it also reimburses eligible expenses associated with the legal adoption of a child.

The news has sparked debate on social media, with some commentators say these companies should focus on creating a more balanced culture, with more flexibility for new parents.

Apple recently introduced new benefits including extended parental leave. Facebook said it offers four months of paid leave for both new mothers and fathers.

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