Y'know, just your standard healthcare policy...
Silicon Valley giants Facebook and Apple have found themselves in the headlines after reports that they offer to pay for their female employees to have their eggs frozen surfaced.
The report from NBC News stated that Apple would follow in Facebook's footsteps and start offering the opportunity for their female employees to freeze their eggs in the hope that it could give many a chance to not have to choose between having children or having a career in the demanding modern workplace.
It is also an attempt to add some further perks to the existing ones that are currently in place for female employees; Facebook already offer employees $4,000 in "baby cash" for them to use however they see fit, while Apple will cover the cost of fertility treatment up to $15,000, according to Wired.
Philip Chenette, a fertility specialist from San Francisco told NBC that many female employees could see this as a type of "payback" for their commitment to their job over the years, while Glenn Cohen, co-director of Harvard Law School’s Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics made the point that others could see it as a message to female staff that working there and having a family are incompatible.
Either way, it raises a number of issues as the tech giants attempt to move towards a less male-dominated workforce.