The Family and Medical Leave Act now guarantees American working men and women twelve weeks leave to care for a newborn and the leave is unpaid.
The Project on Global Working Families at Harvard University’s School of Public Health compared our twelve week unpaid parental leave to other countries and found that:
· 163 countries offer mothers paid leave with the birth of a child;
· 45 countries give fathers paid parental leave;
· 28 countries provide women one year or more paid leave;
·8 countries provide three or more years of paid parental leave.
Of the countries that guarantee paid maternity or parental leave for women, the majority (99 out of 163) “provide 100 percent wage replacement for at least some portion of this leave.”
Only 5 countries provide their citizens with no paid parental leave: Australia, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and the United States.
You can check out the report at http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/globalworkingfamilies/images/report.pdf.
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