I was recently made a job offer by a US firm (for our purposes, a sub-50-person tech startup with significant VC support).
I was surprised to see that there was nothing about maternity/paternity leave in the job offer, though the offer was accompanied by a description of benefits (health insurance, 401(k) match, vacation days, etc). Is the absence of maternity/paternity leave in the offer a red flag?
Possible reasons are that I shouldn't expect to see such policies for any American firm below a certain head count; that male employees don't get this in their contracts; or that existing Unpaid leave options are supposed to cover maternity/paternity.
I have the employee handbook, and there is no mention of parental leave of any form.
Open to all advice on the situation. I am unfamiliar with US contracts.
Let me know if further info would be useful.
PS. To be clear, I'm male so I can, perhaps, accept the trade-off of no parental leave. But I have a hard limit of getting basic respect from employers (everything else from this company has been great) and I want to know if American techies think this violates that expectation.