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Discussion Question

Geographical scope

When you post information like this
https://fairygodboss.com/maternity-leave-resource-center?
Are the weeks applicable to the USA only, or global minima ?

Fairygodboss member Panache

  • Fairygodboss member

    Each company is different, so it depends on the employer. Most developed countries legally provide leave policies that better than what's offered in the U.S. Generally, this data refers to companies' policies for U.S. employees (the data here is crowdsourced information, and the Fairygodboss audience is largely U.S.-based).

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