Congress: Enable Paid Paternity and Maternity Leave to be protected in the workplace
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Congress: Enable Paid Paternity and Maternity Leave to be protected in the workplace

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Enable Paid Paternity and Maternity Leave to be protected in the workplace

I challenge that a mother and a father should be entitled to substantial amounts of paid time off to care for his or her young one for bonding time. In addition women should have additional healing time. The United States culture should consider that if the desired effect is a present man and or woman in a child’s life then the allowance needs to be made for that bonding time after birth. Not to mention that in today's world there are many working families dependent on two incomes. There are many more than when this type of legislation started and companies adopted the concepts. Imagine a family bonding after the newborn comes into this world vs. jumping right back into the hustle-and-bustle of the accepted normal demands. The US needs to update PATERNITY and MATERNITY leave statuses to reflect modern times and follow suit with other countries. To view a current list of country benefits please visit It is obvious that the US needs to reconsider priorities.

While the US does protect up to 12 weeks unpaid leave with the use of FMLA it does not guarantee any form of pay which at this point in parenting is essential in the event that the parents are not using any other forms of public assistance. 

China 98 days 100% United Nations[29] 16 weeks 100% (however, no fewer than 10 weeks must be after delivery, even if the pre-delivery leave was longer due to a late birth)

United Kingdom Currently 39 weeks paid, indefinite delay on planned rise to 52 weeks indefinitely[16] (6 weeks at 90% of full pay and remainder at a flat rate (as of 2011 = £128.73) or 90% of your salary if that is less than the flat rate). This is the statutory minimum; most employers often provide more generous arrangements.

Spain 16 weeks 100%.

France 16 weeks (100%) rising to 26 weeks (100%) for third child[10]

Denmark 52 weeks. 18 to be taken by the mother, 2 weeks by the father, the rest as they see fit.


The US  The only thing covering the US is FMLA, which is unpaid. Below there are a couple states with different views.

United States 3 weeks (CA: 6 weeks 55%, District of Columbia: Requires employers to provide workers with paid days of absence,[19] NJ: 6 weeks 66%, PR: 8 weeks 100%, HI: 58%, NY: 50%)[3][20]

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    1. Reached 250 signatures
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    10. Reached 10 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Beth-Ann Martin SOMERVILLE, MA
      • 9 months ago

      It is insane how behind we are.

    • erica casanova AMITE, LA
      • 9 months ago

      Because I want to start a family someday

    • Andrea Lucero THORNTON, CO
      • 9 months ago

      I want to have a baby but since I do not get paid maternity leave at my full-time job, I do not know how I am going to afford my bills while I am at home with my baby for at least 6 weeks.

    • Alana Leverich COSTA MESA, CA
      • 9 months ago

      I feel that any working individual need not sacrifice one thing over the other when it comes to having children. Not all women have the financial means or opportunity to stay home with their child and this is truly disheartening. All studies and information out there tells women how important it is for a woman to be with her child for many reasons. Women in the workplace truly find it difficult to spend the time they need to spend with their newborn due to the financial stresses or risk of losing their job. Women need to be with their babies just as much as babies need to be with their mothers. I feel that a woman's job should never be at risk for having a child or for making the choice to be home with them a little longer. Also as the petition stated at times women use up most or all of their FLMA prior to having the baby due to complications or medical issues. The basic points are that as a working individual your job and your newborn child are both very important and laws need to be enabled to protect your rights so that neither one is compromised.

      • 10 months ago

      We the people make up this nation. This starts from our families. Let us invest time and effort in our children and our future. FMLA was just a stepping stone but not the ultimate solution. How can one readily take care of anything with true financial woes? Invest in people. They are the heart of the nation.


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