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Family And Family Leave

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Did you know that only 12 percent of the American, private sector workforce receives paid family leave? (Hakobyn 2017). In 1993, the United States created the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows a full time employee 12 weeks per year of unpaid, protected leave for a medical illness of a family member, serious personal health conditions, the birth of a child, or the adoption of a child. An employee is only eligible for the leave if they have worked at least 1,250 hours over the course of 12 months and if their employer has fifty or more employees located within a 75 mile radius. The United States is one of three countries in the world to not offer mandated parental leave.Within the United States, only California, Rhode Island, and New Jersey offer mandated paid parental leave. While the FMLA has been beneficial, paid parental leave gives better benefits economically to the mother and the business they work for, better health for the child, and mental health benefits for the mother. Paid parental leave results in high economic benefits for the mother. Studies find that paid maternity leave results in a higher chance of a woman coming back to work after the birth of a child. According to a study co-written by Mr. Ruhm of the University of Virginia, mothers located in California that took leave were six percent more likely to return to their job a year later (Miller 2015). Even if it isn’t a significant percentage, the smallest amount could work to benefit both
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