Desi in DC

July 27, 2008

The US and Paid Maternity

Filed under: Pakistan,Uncategorized,US — dcdesi @ 3:07 pm

Its baby season in the US. I know at least 7-9 people who are expecting within the next 6 months. That brings us to the question of whose getting paid maternity, who isn’t?

So after doing some reseach I came across a few interesting articles. According to the authors of these articles the US stands next  to Papua new Guinea as far as maternal benefits go. Most place will not offer paid maternity,  other places do so after you have completed at least a year with them, and that too if they have a short term disability option, many others expect you to take paid leave read vacation days to take maternity..  very few places provide three months of paid maternity.

Employers have been on record for saying if we offer better maternity benefits we will encourage people to have more kids.. yea  he was a guy.. talk abt too much equality, do you want women to give up their choice to have a family 😎  one won’t be able to hire people in 40 years here  if this negative attitude towards child bearing continues.  Then they might turn into Germany where the government offers people incentives to have a large family..

Moral of the story before you decide to have a kid, go to Europe or Canada at least you’ll get a year off, even father’s get three months in Canada:)  Even in PK you get 3 months off no questions asked…..

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