Talk about a work perk!
Facebook and Apple are now enticing female employees to delay having kids in lieu of focusing on their careers. Both are now offering to pay their employees to freeze their eggs.
“We continue to expand our benefits for women,” a representative from Apple tells Tech Crunch, “with a new extended maternity leave policy, along with cyropreservation and egg storage as part of our extensive support for infertility treatments.”
This procedure can cost up to $10,000 plus an additional annual cost for storage. In the Facebook policy, the company will cover up to $20,000 if an employee opts to freeze her eggs.
While this move is positioned as a means to empower women in the technology field, there is criticism that this may send the wrong overall message.
“Would potential female associates welcome this option knowing that they can work hard early on and still reproduce, if they so desire, later on?” Glenn Cohen, co-director of Harvard Law School accurately wrote last year. “Or would they take this as a signal that the firm thinks that working there as an associate and pregnancy are incompatible?”
I’m still a bit torn about this move. While it’s great for incoming employees to have this benefit, will it drive existing employees to question what should have been a completely personal choice?