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Elon Musk plans to 'significantly' increase childcare benefits at his firms

Published 07/08/2022, 11:45 AM
Updated 07/08/2022, 03:42 PM
© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

By Hyunjoo Jin and Akash Sriram

(Reuters) -Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk said on Friday he planned to "significantly" increase childcare benefits at his companies, including Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA) Inc, and that the details likely would be announced next month.

His comments came a day after Musk tweeted that he will do his best to help what he called "the underpopulation crisis," following a media report that said he had secret twins with a top executive at his brain-chip start-up Neuralink.

"Kids are worth it if at all possible. I'm planning to increase childcare benefits at my companies significantly," Musk said in a tweet https://

Musk, the father of nine children and whom Forbes ranks as the world's richest person with an estimated net worth of $237.1 billion, said his foundation, of which he is president, plans to donate directly to families, without providing additional details.

In addition to Tesla and Neuralink, Musk is the founder and CEO of private rocket company SpaceX.

Tesla's employee benefits include 16 weeks of paid family leave, according to its impact report. That compares with up to 24 weeks of paid parental leave at Alphabet (NASDAQ:GOOGL) Inc's Google, which has long been known as a global trailblazer in workplace benefits.

Tesla lags behind other U.S. tech companies and U.S. automakers in terms of the representation of women, according to the impact report.

Women held 17% of Tesla’s U.S. leadership positions, defined as directors and vice presidents, according to Tesla's 2020 diversity report. Women made up about 22% of executives at other S&P 500 companies, according to a 2020 report published by researcher Equileap.

Some experts raised concern that Musk's recent return-to-office order for employees could further undermine the representation of women, who are open to the flexibility in working from home.

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the Tesla Shanghai Gigafactory groundbreaking ceremony in Shanghai, China January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song

"Even though the policy's neutral on its face, it could have a discriminatory impact on women and disabled people," Melissa Atkins, a partner at Obermayer who represents clients on a variety of labor and employment issues, said.

Musk recently told employees of both Tesla and SpaceX to work in the office at least 40 hours a week, or leave. The policy is in contrast to those of many tech companies and automakers, which offer a mixture of in-office and remote work.

Latest comments

just because he needs a lot of childcare
Yes because he has many children.
so now he wants to donate employment benefits?
If he decided to end world hunger I would buy 2 cars.
guess after 9 kids you finally feel for those in the same boat! not so fast learner! how about housing subsidy too why not, so ye can dictate to her slaves
that's a surprise! few weeks ago he's firing workers! guess we need to sell more EV's.
Grown ups understand that sometimes people have to be laid off by companies. It would be more of a tragedy for a company not to manage itself and go bankrupt.
Much better spent than giving the money to government, where most fills the pockets of bureaucrats and political supporters.
Troops, pigs, and brainwashers called teachers want ALL your money!!! Silly tax slave.
Let me guess, the police roughed you up after your teacher reported you having ****with a hog, and now you hold a grudge.
🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💐💐 present need of world sir
🙏🙏🙏🙏🙏💐💐 present need of world sir
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