Businesses Step Up Efforts to Ensure Paid Family Leave (March 3, 2017)
By Jan Lee, Triple Pundit
The United States ranks last among developed nations when it comes to providing comprehensive protections for workers who need to take time off for family medical leave. According to the International Labor Organization, more than 100 countries in the world now ensure paid maternity leave, and many of those nations now offer provisions for paternal leave as well.
While the U.S. Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) does guarantee some workers the right to take unpaid time off for limited medical reasons, it falls far short of the paid provisions countries like Estonia and Croatia offer moms and dads during and following pregnancy. Even Mexico, with its burgeoning social problems, offers paid maternity leave.
Fortunately, some American companies aren’t waiting for government to expand paid leave provisions.