As many of you remember, I wrote a post back in August regarding the state of Paid Leave in America. It outlined where the United States of America is behind in providing paid maternity and paternity leave.
I also brought to light my story with paternity leave. A story in which I was able to take two weeks off when the Rookie was born, however, Mrs. Rookie Dad had NO maternity leave. In fact, she had to bank her sick and PTO days so she could take as much time off as she could AND we still had to pay her company back for the time she went over that. Just so that she could spend 3 months with our new born son.
As many parents know, that time is crucial for both parents and child(ren). There is feedings and a changing sleep routine. Not only that but you are just getting to know your newborn and your newborn is just getting to know you.
I won’t go into the details, you can read the previous post for yourself. But that post has created some buzz. So much buzz in fact, that I am getting to speak with the United States Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, regarding the issue paid leave in America. It is an honor to be invited to talk to him and I know that this issue is near and dear to his heart and even the President during his State of the Union speech addressed the issue.
Here’s another example. Today, we are the only advanced country on Earth that doesn’t guarantee paid sick leave or paid maternity leave to our workers. Forty-three million workers have no paid sick leave — 43 million. Think about that. And that forces too many parents to make the gut-wrenching choice between a paycheck and a sick kid at home. So I’ll be taking new action to help states adopt paid leave laws of their own. And since paid sick leave won where it was on the ballot last November, let’s put it to a vote right here in Washington. (Applause.) Send me a bill that gives every worker in America the opportunity to earn seven days of paid sick leave. It’s the right thing to do. It’s the right thing to do.
This is such an honor. I couldn’t do this without the support of many of my readers so… Thank You!
America doesn’t have to be behind for paid leave. There is no reason for that. Our children are our future and I am glad that Washington is realizing that.
After the President’s speech Tuesday night, I was sent this infographic from Citations. I think their findings speak for themselves.
Parental Employment Benefits Around the World [Infographic] by the team at Citation