It’s Time for American Employers to Unite on US Paid Family Leave (May 8, 2017)
By Adrienne Schweer, Forbes Tate Partners
There is no doubt paid maternity and paternity leave policies benefit both companies and their employees, so why do 86 percent of America’s working women not have a single day of paid maternity leave following birth or adoption?
Paid family leave is proven to reduce stress, increase child survival rates, improve chances of successful breastfeeding, and give mothers time to physically recover after having a baby. Yet, America is the only developed country in the world without a national policy, forcing many women to return to work before they are ready. In fact, one in four women return to work less than two weeks after giving birth.