Paid Parental Leave: Falling Behind

The U.S. is falling behind the rest of the world in terms of paid parental leave—one of three essential policies for families, according to UNICEF. Of the UN’s nearly 200 member states, the U.S. is one the few that does not have a national policy in place for paid parental leave. Thanks to the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), new parents in the U.S. are able to take 12 weeks off following the birth of a child—but there is no guarantee of pay during that period. While the current administration proposes to include a policy offering six weeks of...

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