When parental leave is a pipe dream


January 31, 2020

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  • Parental leave could be more bold
  • The market for tea is going cold
  • Your top Super Bowl ads are gold
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Corporate America still has parental-leave problems

Companies across the US are finally getting wise to a simple concept: Hey, it might be a good idea to give new parents paid time off. Genius, right?

But the trend isn’t benefiting everyone equally, Bloomberg reports. In some industries, women and low-income workers dominate — and those sectors offer little or no time off.

Companies don’t treat paid leave like child’s play anymore

The advocacy group Paid Leave for the United States started tracking paid-leave policies in 2016. Since then, the picture has improved:

  • Target now covers part-time workers under its policy. Goldman Sachs allows all new parents  — not just “primary caregivers” — to take 20 weeks of paid leave.
  • In December, President Trump signed a law that extended paid leave to 2.1m federal workers.

But the group’s new report breaks paid-leave policies down by sector, and for some workers, paid leave is a pipe dream:

  • Women make up 74% of workers in education and health services. But those fields offer an average of 8 weeks of leave.
  • 9.5m people are self-employed, and independent contractors are ineligible for the Family and Medical Leave Act. That means many people have no access to paid or unpaid leave.

What’s the solution? A federal paid-leave program (which the US still doesn’t have) would help. The idea is catching on in Congress, but — surprise! — Republicans and Democrats don’t agree on how to implement it.

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This week’s weirdest ways to spend money

Pampered pets are getting all the attention. Last week, we wrote about all the money that’s pouring into pet-tech land. This week, we’re featuring some of the weirdest ways we’ve recently found to spend cash on our furry friends:

  • dogPACER Minipacer Treadmill, $531.43. Dogs need to get their steps in, too. Enter: the treadmill for dogs
  • Hot Doll, $217. It’s not just cats that get frisky, so here’s, uh, a doggie sex toy. If your dog Sparky is a little too “friendly” with guests, this could be exactly what you’re looking for.
  • Neuticles, ~$310. These are fake dog testicles for furry little friends who are feeling emasculated after getting fixed. Wow. That escalated quickly. Anyway… yeah, let’s just stop there.
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Will Unilever spill the tea? A food giant may cut the leaves loose

The world leader in tea is thinking about pouring its cup of the business down the drain, according to The Wall Street Journal

The consumer-goods behemoth Unilever sees a familiar story in your morning cup: Changing tastes and younger consumers mean a once-hot market is cooling off.

Unilever swallowed the global tea market, but it’s turned cold

It became the top tea purveyor in the 1970s and 80s, when it acquired Lipton and then Brooke Bond. 

  • But consumption declined as tea drinkers turned away from Lipton’s core variety: boring ol’ black tea.
  • The company’s leaders say the tea business is about as big as the spreads division it sold in 2018 for $8B. 

Did millennials kill chamomile?

They (sometimes unfairly) take the blame for murdering a bunch of beloved products: napkins, cereal… um, homeownership.

Unilever’s CEO, Alan Jope, trotted out a familiar argument: Younger drinkers want experiences, and a plain cup of Lipton doesn’t cut it. 

Jope blamed another factor for tea’s demise: You can’t sell loose leaf like it’s gold leaf. Tea prices are so cheap that making extra fancy tea — the kind that might appeal to experience-thirsty millennials — is hard.

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These are your favorite (and least favorite) Super Bowl ads of all time

Reebok’s Terry Tate, Office Linebacker, should ride triumphantly into the NFL Hall of Fame atop a Budweiser Clydesdale.

That would make for a legendary Super Bowl ad. It would also combine two of your favorite characters.

On Monday, we asked you to pick your favorite — and least-favorite — Super Bowl spots of all time.

Terry Tate and the Clydesdales (they’d play a killer halftime show) were the clear standouts. Many of you said you’d take any Clydesdale ad — but the 2011 spot, which marked 10 years since the 9/11 attacks, got special attention.

Now for the cringeworthy ones

We’ve got bad news, GoDaddy — Hustle readers think your ads are 🤮. 

Same goes for Mountain Dew’s head-scratching “Puppy Monkey Baby” commercial from 2016, which plugged a concoction of Dew, juice, and caffeine.

Reader Shannon R. put it best: “I wish they Mountain Didn’t.”

Don’t change that channel

This weekend, our Conor Grant will rewind the Super Bowl game clock to the year startups took over — 2000, when the dot-com bubble was about to burst. 

What happened to all the fledgling companies that poured money into Super Bowl ads that year? Stay tuned to find out. The story will hit your inbox on Sunday morning.

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Shower Thoughts

S’ti lanoitaN sdrawkcaB yaD… er, National Backwards Day, so spin your chair around and treat yo’self to some backwards shower thoughts. 

1. “The Matrix” backwards is about how Keanu Reeves gets off drugs and lands a stable job at a company.

2. You can’t write the digits of pi backwards.

3. “Stressed” spelled backwards is “desserts” and people often eat desserts when stressed. Hmmmm… 

4. The question “Am I as bored as you are?” can be read backwards and still make sense.

5. If time ran backwards, snowmen would slowly and painstakingly emerge only to be suddenly and violently obliterated by laughing children.

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