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Should Americans have paid maternity leave? | MercatorNet | May 17, 2017 |

Should Americans have paid maternity leave?

| MercatorNet | May 17, 2017 |

Should Americans have paid maternity leave?

Most Americans say yes.
Shannon Roberts | May 17 2017 | comment 1 

Higher numbers of working parents and an aging population are putting pressure on American workers as they increasingly attempt to balance family and work obligations.  Currently the United States offers near the worst maternity and family care benefits in the world. 
The country's Family and Medical Leave Act only mandates 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually for mothers of newborn or newly adopted children, meaning many can’t afford to take it.  Only five states, California, Rhode Island, Washington, New Jersey, and New York and the District of Columbia, have laws providing for paid family leave.   
However, things may be changing.  President Trump recently called for a national law that new mothers who are not given maternity leave by an employer be paid six weeks of unemployment benefits by the government.  Many are saying his proposal does not go far enough, but at least it is something more than before.
A new study conducted by Pew Research Center finds that Americans largely support paid leave.  However most supporters say employers, rather than the federal or state government, should cover the cost.  The public is divided over whether the government should require employers to provide this benefit or let employers decide for themselves and relatively few see expanding paid leave as a top policy priority.
However, perhaps most interestingly, flexibility is also just as important as time off to many mothers and caregiver according to the research.   When asked what benefits or work arrangements help them most or would help most personally, about as many cite being able to choose when they work their hours (28%) as cite having paid family or medical leave (27%); about one-in-five (22%) say having flexibility to work from home would help them the most.
There is also broad support for paid leave for workers dealing with their own serious health condition (85% say workers should be paid in these situations), but less support for paid leave for those caring for a family member who is seriously ill (67% favour paid leave for these workers).
Whatever form it takes, hopefully we see greater support for the family and recognition of the role of caregivers in American society in the coming years.  At the very least, flexibility is often so easy to give and can be a mutually beneficial arrangement in many cases if employers are willing to think outside the square and recognise the family responsibilities of their employees.  In my experience, many mothers wish to care for their children a majority of the time while also fitting in flexible part-time work.  Many fathers would be happy to start earlier if it means finishing earlier and consistently being home for dinner.  However, many opt to work more hours than they wish or need to because of a lack of flexibility or option.
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May 17, 2017

The week’s news has been a ping-pong match between the gaffes of Donald Trump and the tears of computer users affected by the WannaCry ransomware. In today’s issue of MercatorNet, we deal with the latter.
Jeffrey Pawlick, of New York University, examines a destructive attack which seems to have netted the perpetrators very little money. So why did they do it? It’s still a mystery. But this incident confirms once again that the technology of the internet is a double-edged sword. We frolic blissfully in an ocean of connectivity and information, but all the splashing attracts some very dangerous sharks.

Michael Cook 

Is removing children from Mafia families in their best interests?
By Chiara Bertoglio
At least one Italian judge thinks so.
Read the full article
Ivy League school sent gender neutral acceptance letter to female applicant
By Sheila Liaugminas
Then the student rejected the school.
Read the full article
Teens disconnected from family are more addicted to the web
By Nicole M. King
We are not all equally vulnerable.
Read the full article
Should Americans have paid maternity leave?
By Shannon Roberts
Most Americans say yes.
Read the full article
WannaCry: a cyber mugging that’s not your fault
By Jeffrey Pawlick
And why the motivation for last weekend’s malware attack is still a mystery
Read the full article
Like him or loathe him, Trump could win in 2020
By Musa al-Gharbi
An incumbent president with a strong base and without stand-out candidate from the other party is in a strong position
Read the full article
Don’t expect a quick end to the war on free speech
By Denyse O'Leary
The momentum of the campaign will be hard to stop
Read the full article
Bullying and youth suicide in Japan
By Marcus Roberts
Why is the Japanese rate of youth suicide stubbornly high?
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Do we have a right to a child?
By Michael Cook
Surrogacy is included in a payout to a Canadian woman injured in a horrific car accident
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