Oh, hi there! If you’ve landed here that means you must not be too thrilled about the state of paid family leave in the United States. We aren’t either. Take action now and email your Senator. Families deserve better—let’s tell them how we feel!
1 in 3 Americans do not have access to paid family leave, including mothers after childbirth. As a result,1 in 4 women returns to work just two weeks after giving birth.
The U.S. is one of the world’s wealthiest nations but offers no national paid parental leave program.
The U.S. is the only country among 38 nations that are members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that does not mandate any paid leave for new parents, according to the Pew Research Center and the OECD.
Research shows that paid leave increases the likelihood that workers will return to work after childbirth, improves employee morale, has no or positive effects on workplace productivity, reduces costs to employers through improved employee retention, and improves family incomes.
According to an analysis conducted by KPMG, global businesses could save up to an estimated $19 billion annually through the provision of 16 weeks of fully paid maternity leave.
Offering mothers a global return-to-work policy equivalent to a four-day week at full pay for their first six months back to work after maternity leave could save working mothers a cumulative $14 billion in childcare for their new babies.
And that list goes on and on. It’s time to demand more.