If you work for a company with more than 5o employees and you are financially comfortable, you can take the 12 weeks of unpaid leave given by the 1993 Family Medical Leave Act. But many families don’t fit into either of those categories: the company size or the financial stability. In fact, as of March 2011, only 11% of workers in the private sector and 17% of those in the public sector said they had access to paid family leave through their employer … that isn’t much.
The U.S.is out on an island on this, being one of only three countries of 178 worldwide not guaranteeing new moms paid leave. The other two are Papua New Guinea and Swaziland. What? WHERE?
A recent survey by Babycenter.com indicated many women … 66% of their respondents … would be willing to have their taxes GO UP if it meant paid maternity leave would be a definite.
I don’t agree with an increase in taxes, but instead think the US could stand to take a look at how California and New Jersey (the only two states in the country with paid maternity leave for caregivers) are taking care of new mothers – both those giving birth and those adopting – as well as families who have to take leave for elder care.
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