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Cash for Nannies, Extra Days Off: Child-Care Perks Top Workplace Benefits

Danielle CollinsDanielle Collins, a mom near Raleigh, North Carolina, said her firm’s emergency paid days off — known as “It’s OK days” — have helped her to stay home, no questions asked, when her twin toddlers are sick. 

Public relations firm Prosek Partners, where Collins is a senior vice president, offers the six emergency days on top of regular paid time off (Collins gets 22 days) plus an extra day for an employee’s birthday. During one stretch, Collins said at least one of her toddlers was home for 15 days straight: She was able to tap into the emergency stash; use PTO; and trade off with her husband to care for them. 

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