Town Hall Meeting

08 Mar 2011

Parental Leave in the United States

Filed under: — Al @ 3:38 pm

“The report, “Failing its Families,” says at least 178 countries have national laws guaranteeing paid leave for new mothers, while the handful of exceptions include the U.S., Swaziland and Papua New Guinea. More than 50 nations, including most Western countries, also guarantee paid leave for new fathers.”

“Past efforts in Congress to enact a paid family leave law have floundered, drawing opposition from business lobbyists who say it would be a burden on employers. Instead, there is the 1993 Family and Medical Leave Act, which enables workers with new children or seriously ill family members to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. By excluding companies with fewer than 50 employees, it covers only about half the work force, and many who are covered cannot afford to take unpaid leave.

“In the European Union, paid parental leave varies from 14 weeks in Malta to 16 months in Sweden, which reserves at least two months of its leave exclusively for fathers. Most EU countries have maintained the provisions of their programs despite the recession….the bid to expand paid leave in the U.S. was hampered by the clout of corporate lobbyists and the relatively weak status of the labor movement. ”

Unbelievable stuff…California and New Jersey are the ONLY states with paid leave programs, and its a meager 6 weeks. And before I hear the inevitable “well then move somewhere else,” remember that demanding more rights is how communities improve.

One Response to “Parental Leave in the United States”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    let me get this right. A business should hire people to work for them and help them with a wage earning position as well as help the business show a profit. Then tell its employees that if they stay home to help with sickness in a family or to help after a baby is born and they will still pay them so they can hire more temps to take their place and lose profits. So if you want to start a business, you should also want to lose money and thus unable to hire anyone in the first place. Hmmm Makes sense. Forget starting a company and thus don’t hire someone who will stay home and collect pay for nothing. How about this. Start a company, offer affordable insurance to cover illness or other needed time off such a sick days. Grant employees leave with no pay but they will have a job when they return. In some jobs perhaps pay for work done at home for the company. Maybe get them to agree that they hired on to WORK for the company and not just get paid. Profit sharing is good but lets get real. Look at what is happening to the 36 hour work week, early retirements and the cost of doing business overseas. It has turned and bit them where it hurts, in the pocketbook. Be a good neighbor and help those who are genuinely in need and forget about having George do it. Companies need people who want to work for a living.

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