Only 11% of American workers have access to paid parental leave, forcing most working men and women to choose between a child and a paycheck.
The United States is the only industrialized country with no federal law ensuring paid parental leave for new parents, leaving us lagging behind many of our trading partners.
The Family and Medical Leave Act provides just 12 weeks of unpaid time off for a new parent to spend with their child. Worse yet, some federal workers don’t qualify for leave based on its requirements.
Three states in the US have decided to give working parents paid leave for a newborn or newly adopted child: California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island. In New Jersey, women who used it were 40% less likely to need food stamps or financial assistance from the government.