The study reviews national law and practice on both maternity and paternity at work in 185 countries and territories including leave, benefits, employment protection, health protection, breastfeeding arrangements at work and childcare.
"It's time for us to close that gap, and businesses specifically should realize the power they have to provide fair and equal leave for their employees. As we at change.org announce 18 weeks of fully-paid leave for all parents, the challenge to other U.S. companies is this: business leaders should step up and offer paid parental leave -- for all parents -- at least at the FMLA minimum of 12 weeks."
Fantastic article on paternity leave. Taking paternity leave yields fantastic benefits for fathers in their role as parents. However, there is still a stigma attached to taking paternity leave in some organizations. Fathers who take paternity leave can suffer the same kind of discrimination as mothers who take maternity leave, suggesting that the ideal worker norm is still alive and well for both men and women.
But Gen X sees balance – and assurance that work won’t interfere with parenting — as key. And Gen Y is coming into the workplace with fully formed – and strong — beliefs about making the most of each day, and work being part of life, and not the reverse.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor's Women's Bureau and Employment and Training Administration today awarded $500,000 to assist the District of Columbia, Massachusetts, Montana and Rhode Island in funding feasibility studies on paid leave. The studies will inform the development or implementation of paid family and medical leave programs at the state level.
"But it turns out that long paid leaves can also hold back women. Researchers are finding that even as family leave boosts labor force participation by women, it can have negative effects on their job opportunities."