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How The Zero Weeks Of Paid Maternity Leave In The U.S. Compare Globally

Samantha 2012/05/29 15:09:34
Out of 178 nations, the U.S. is one of three that does not offer paid maternity leave benefits, let alone paid leave for fathers, which more than 50 of these nations offer. Here’s how the U.S. stacks up to 14 other countries:

Maternity Leave

In comparison, Canada and Norway offer generous benefits that can be shared between the father and mother, France offers about four months, and even Mexico and Pakistan are among the nations offer 12 weeks paid leave for mothers.

American women are offered 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act, which exempts companies with fewer than 50 paid employees, but in 2011, only 11 percent of private sector workers and 17 percent of public workers reported that they had access to paid maternity leave through their employer. And for first-time mothers, only about half can take paid leave when they give birth.

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  • JCD aka "biz" 2012/06/03 14:10:51
    JCD aka "biz"
    +1
    It's about time mothers, and fathers, organized and campaigned to force politicians to provide paid maternity leave to all mothers.
  • Samantha JCD aka... 2012/06/15 22:26:55
    Samantha
    +1
    I agree.
  • Roger47 2012/05/29 15:53:28
    Roger47
    +1
    Allowing new parents to stay home a short time to bond with and nurture their babies cuts back on the profits of the corporations, so must be some form of socialism that is wot welcome here!
  • Samantha Roger47 2012/06/15 22:27:50
    Samantha
    +1
    Yes, of course, taking care of an infant child and being paid to protect the family's economic status is, in the minds of conservatives, socialism.
  • Rusty Shackleford 2012/05/29 15:25:01
    Rusty Shackleford
    +1
    Why are progressives so adamant about getting paid for not working?
  • Samantha Rusty S... 2012/05/29 17:21:19
    Samantha
    +1
    Why are conservatives so anti-family?
  • Rusty S... Samantha 2012/05/29 17:52:44
    Rusty Shackleford
    +1
    You live in a dream world.
  • Samantha Rusty S... 2012/05/29 17:53:28
    Samantha
    +1
    No, I live in a world where the U.S. is extremely family unfriendly.
  • zbacku Samantha 2012/06/03 22:32:04
    zbacku
    Then move to Cuba or any other Socialist country.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/06/15 22:28:34
    Samantha
    That appears to be the typical stupid conservative comment indicating, of course, conservatives are extremely anti-family.
  • zbacku Samantha 2012/06/17 01:20:43
    zbacku
    LOL. The Conservatives I know all have wonderful families. Some have 10 kids. All love each other. Now Liberals would denounce them and say they have too many.

    The Conservatives I know would be against the KILLING of their unborn children. Liberals have no problem with the mutilation of unborn children.

    The Conservatives I know are trying the hardest to provide for their families by working hard and getting ahead. Liberals are trying to make those working families pay for those that would rather not work.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/06/19 17:26:07
    Samantha
    Conservatives are, in fact, anit-family especially for working class families. A fetus, by legal definition, isn't a human being. Read the Fourteenth Amendment.
  • zbacku 2012/05/29 15:16:50
    zbacku
    +1
    Nothing can bankrupt a company faster than to give 12 weeks of paid leave for anyone.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/05/29 17:21:42
    Samantha
    Of course, the conservative mantra that profits overrule everything.
  • zbacku Samantha 2012/06/03 22:27:27
    zbacku
    With profits, there is NO Bankruptcy. Thanks
  • zbacku Samantha 2012/06/03 22:31:10
    zbacku
    My Dad's Steel Company use to give 13 weeks vacation after 30 years of employment. They have been out of business for 12 years.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/06/15 22:29:47
    Samantha
    I'm sorry Mitt Romney and Bain Capital had such a negative impact on the business.
  • zbacku Samantha 2012/06/17 01:21:55
    zbacku
    Had Bain Capital helped them out they would still be in business minus the Union that put them into bankruptcy.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/06/19 17:26:47
    Samantha
    No doubt, the union didn't put them into bankrupty. Why are you so opposed to workers being paid a living wage?
  • JCD aka... zbacku 2012/06/03 14:08:27
    JCD aka "biz"
    So all companies in Canada, Norway, The UK, Denmark etc. have gone bankrupt?
  • zbacku JCD aka... 2012/06/03 22:28:25
    zbacku
    No, the Governments are. At least in Europe, or haven't you been watching the collapse.
  • JCD aka... zbacku 2012/06/04 16:18:32
    JCD aka "biz"
    So you agree that companies do not go bankrupt just because they give paid leave to their employees.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/06/15 22:30:14
    Samantha
    Then, your argument that maternity leave bankrupts companies was either an ignorant comment or a lie.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/06/15 22:30:34
    Samantha
    I think Norway, for example, is doing just fine.
  • Samantha zbacku 2012/06/15 22:29:18
    Samantha
    Companies in Norway, for example, aren't going bankrupt while providing maternity leave. Therefore, your argument is based on a false premise.

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