Netflix facing protests over DVD-less child benefit policy

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Netflix headquarters in Los Gatos, Calif.

Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015|5:20 p.m.

SAN FRANCISCO– Netflix is getting jeered for omitting the staff members in its DVD-by-mail service from a just recently presented advantage that quits to a year of paid leave to the majority of its workers after the birth or adoption of a child.

At least 3 online petitions posted by lobbyist groups are prompting Netflix to extend the child benefit beyond the roughly 2,000 workers in the Web video service that generates the majority of its profits.

Netflix has about 450 short-term, part- and full-time staff members in its progressively shrinking however still successful DVD division.

The protesting groups contend Netflix is unjustly favoring the primarily high-paid computer system developers and other technology professionals working in its Web video service over the lower-paid employees who arrange through discs and stuff envelopes in the distribution centers that receive and send DVDs.

Many of the DVD workers are paid by the hour and make a fraction of the six-figure incomes doled out to numerous of the Internet video service workers. Netflix pay differs widely, ranging from $15 per hour for customer-service representatives to more than $200,000 annually for software engineers, according to info shared by company workers on company review website Glassdoor.com.

“Netflix is leaving workers who might benefit the most from a charitable paid leave policy behind and that stinks,” stated Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet, a females’s rights group.

Netflix states its DVD employees get bigger paychecks and better benefits than people in equivalent jobs. “We are frequently examining policies across our company to ensure they are competitive and help us attract and keep the best employees,” the Los Gatos, California, business stated in a statement.

Besides UltraViolet, the 2 other groups pressuring Netflix about the limitations on its adult leave policy are: Coworker.org, which defends employees’ rights; and Democracy for America, a political organization established by Howard Dean, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a one-time prospect for president.

Democracy for America sent emails Thursday urging its members to challenge Netflix for victimizing its DVD employees.

“A worker’s ability to look after their family needs to not depend on what department they work in,” composed Mia Moore, Democracy for America’s chief of personnel.

When it announced its new child advantage earlier this month to prevalent acclaim, Netflix at first said the policy would apply to all its full-time employees. It wasn’t until a couple of days later on that Netflix revealed that DVD employees would not be qualified, after all.

Although it as soon as was the Netflix’s centerpiece, the DVD rental service has actually become a company afterthought as more families have embraced the principle of streaming video over high-speed Internet connections. Netflix now has more than 65 million worldwide customers to its Internet video service compared with 5.3 million DVD consumers– less than half the number that it had three-and-half-years ago.

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