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A Short History of U.S. Maternity Leave Law

The Clintons with New Baby

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TAGS: Maternity leave, Parental leave, FMLA

Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress wrote a great opinion piece that should provide a bit more historical context to anyone wondering how the United States is one of only three countries in the OECD that doesn't offer any paid time off for new parents with a baby.

In addition to covering the legislative history of maternity leave in America since the 1980's, she highlights the progress we have made. Among other things, she discusses how politicians on both sides of the aisle (Republic and Democrat) are trying to talk about how to support working mothers (and not about whether moms should be working in the first place which used to be part of a legitimate political discussion just a generation ago).

Covert reports that FMLA still does not protect the 40% of American workers employed at small businesses from even any guaranteed unpaid time off when they have a baby. Thus, we are hopeful she is right that politicians and politics continues to move in the right direction in the new year.

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  • Does anyone here work for a major financial institution in the new york metropolitan area? I have yet to find a straight answer on the internet or the company website regarding when my eligibilty for 16 week paid maternity leave would start. Are paid maternity leave benefits usually the same across the board for all major financial firms? I just found out I am pregnant (in my first trimester) and by the time I take my maternity leave I would be only nine months in my new job. Would like to hear about your company's eligibility requirements for paid maternity leave here please. Thank you so much...

  • I recently got engaged, will be married October 2017. My fiance and I want to start a family right away. My job does not have paid maternity leave. Would it be premature for me to advocate for paid leave? My initial thought process was to figure this out as soon as possible. Maybe I should start looking for another job; researching other companies I noticed that most (all the one's that I saw) require employees to have been employed for a year before being offered paid maternity leave.

    If I could have my way I would stay where I am at and get paid leave.

    I have a positive relationship with my boss and can talk about this with him, however; he isn't the one who ultimately makes this decision, corporate does.

  • I am currently 36 weeks pregnant and gearing up to go on maternity leave at the end of the month. I recently came across a new job oppurnity that would be better for my family. I'm at the finishing stages of interviewing with this new company and I am worried that I will find out I got the job while on maternity leave. My question is, what happens to my maternity benefits and how do I go about leaving my current job without issue?

  • Any advice for someone searching for work during their first trimester of pregnancy? I currently work with a temp agency for income and am applying for my next role. From what I've read on the boards, it seems that most women are firmly established at their companies but I was forced to look for a new role outside of my former company due to a health condition. They were unwilling to move me to a different role within the company. Any suggestions on how to navigate the next 4-6 months before giving birth?

  • I'm 12 weeks pregnant and just met with HR to find out about our Maternity Leave program only to learn that they only give us unpaid leave (you have to file for state disability to get your 55% salary during those weeks) In talking with other moms, I found they all came back early (because who can really afford to take a big pay cut when you have a new little one to tend to?)

    It never occurred to me to check because kids weren't on the radar when I applied for the job, but I'm totally disheartened that my company that "prides itself" on caring about its people doesn't have something better in place. Has anyone gone to HR to see about improving their policies? I know as a whole our organization had a 12 year tenure when I started and a pretty high average age, so it may have not been on their radar, but I'm shocked that they aren't more progressive. Any advice??

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A Short History of U.S. Maternity Leave Law

A Short History of U.S. Maternity Leave Law

Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress wrote a great opinion piece that should provide a bit more historical context to anyone wondering how the United States ...

Bryce Covert at ThinkProgress wrote a great opinion piece that should provide a bit more historical context to anyone wondering how the United States is one of only three countries in the OECD that doesn't offer any paid time off for new parents with a baby.

In addition to covering the legislative history of maternity leave in America since the 1980's, she highlights the progress we have made. Among other things, she discusses how politicians on both sides of the aisle (Republic and Democrat) are trying to talk about how to support working mothers (and not about whether moms should be working in the first place which used to be part of a legitimate political discussion just a generation ago).

Covert reports that FMLA still does not protect the 40% of American workers employed at small businesses from even any guaranteed unpaid time off when they have a baby. Thus, we are hopeful she is right that politicians and politics continues to move in the right direction in the new year.

Fairygodboss

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