When Will We Meet The Need For Paid Parental Leave?

5 years ago
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What do you value most in life? Don’t think hard about it, just quickly rattle off two or three things.

Got em’ yet?

OK, so I betcha included in that list is your family. We all generally agree that family is important and needs to be prioritized. So why, oh why don’t we put our money where our mouth is?

I recently saw some compelling statistics from the National Partnership for Women and Families that paint a stark picture of the U.S. and its dubious distinction of being the only industrialized nation in the entire world that does not guarantee some kind of paid time off for employees welcoming a little one into the world. The numbers speak for themselves in showing the immense benefits for families, businesses and the economy for having guaranteed paid leave.

Things like 81 percent of expectant moms do not qualify for our severely outdated Family Medical Leave Act, which guarantees workers to take parental leave, but they won’t get paid. Another surprise for me was that 13 percent of all families become poor one month after having a baby.

See for yourself:

*courtesy of National Partnership for Women & Families.

*courtesy of National Partnership for Women & Families.

What do you think it’s going to take for us to make substantial changes for our families?

 

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