Only five countries in the world do not offer some form of paid parental leave: Australia, Liberia, Swaziland, Papua New Guinea, and the United States.
New parents in the United States, by law, are permitted 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave…as long as they work for a covered company and have worked at the company for at least one year.
As a point of comparison, women in the UK may receive 52 weeks of leave, 39 of which are paid, with the first 6 weeks at 90% and the remainder at a fixed rate.
Millennial couples are increasingly likely to both hold jobs. Nowadays, many households rely on two salaries, especially as costs increase, resulting in higher car payments, mortgage payments, and perhaps most relevant to millennials, educational loan payments.
But most unfortunately, the United States offers no law requiring paid leave to mothers or fathers. I am fortunate enough to work at a place where I am entitled, as a father, to three weeks of paid leave after the birth of my child. But isn’t it high time for the United States to fall the way of other major industrialized nations and offer mothers and fathers the opportunity to spend more time with their child, and not be penalized financially?
Even Iraq offers 62 days of paid leave to mothers. China offers 90 days.