Congratulations - you're a new parent! But how will work respond? It's no secret that maternal or parental leave differs from company to company, with benefits ranging from exceptional to unremarkable.

Thankfully, Working Mother Magazine has compiled a handy list of 100 companies that treat recent parents with the best programs and support. Notably, a number of tax and accounting firms have been recognized for their work/life balance.

Listed in only alphabetical order, the following accounting and tax firms were featured on Working Mother's list:

  • Accenture
  • BDO USA
  • Deloitte
  • Ernst & Young
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • McGladrey
  • Moss Adams
  • PwC
  • Ryan

The firms grant an average of about 10 weeks of fully paid maternity leave for new mothers, while also utilizing telecommunication options for those looking to work from home. A notable percentage of women managers and executives were also prevalent throughout the list.
The 2014 Working Mother 100 Best Companies application included more than 450 questions on leave policies, workforce representation, benefits, child care, advancement programs, and flexibility policies to construct their list. The availability, usage and tracking of programs were surveyed, as well as the accountability of managers who oversee them. 

For the full list and information on applying for the 2015 Best Companies application, head over to Working Mother's website here.