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Petitioning Governor Rick Perry and 39 others

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

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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_leave. 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]

Letter to
Governor Rick Perry
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer
Alaska Governor Sean Parnell
and 37 others
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett
North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple
Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton
Wyoming Governor Matt Mead
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval
Governor Mary Fallin
Maine Governor Paul LePage
California Governor Governor Jerry Brown
Washington Governor Christine Gregoire
West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin
Utah Governor Gary Herbert
Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee
Georgia Governor Georgia Governor Nathan Deal
Florida Governo Florida Governor Rick Scott
Delaware Governor Delaware Governor Jack Markell
Connecticut Governor Governor Dan Malloy
Colorado Governor Governor John Hickenlooper
Arkansas Governor Governor Mike Beebe
Alabama Governor Robert Bentley
New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez
Hawaii Governor Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie
Illinois Governor Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick
Indiana Governor Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback
Governor of Missouri Jeremiah Nixon
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.

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.

Based on research the US ranks lower than many other countries. This is not about equality between paternity and maternity. This is about adopting values and times. See below for some examples of other countries.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parental_leave.

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Joe Pederson