Paid Paternal Leave And The United States

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Paid Paternal Leave and the United States
Part One: Problem Statement/Background
The women 's rights movement in the 1960s made one of the most monumental accomplishments of gaining equal opportunities in the workplace with the Equal Pay Act guaranteeing women “equal pay for equal work” as their male counterparts. Although this opened doors for women to have the same opportunities in the workforce as men it didn 't, however, address the fact that women would most likely work during pregnancy and after giving birth. During the late 1970s, the amount of women in the workforce increased and consequently it spurred on the mandate of the Pregnancy Discrimination Act banning businesses on firing or denying women jobs based on “pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions”. Perhaps the biggest change that has occurred in the last 20 years relating to women in the labor force would be the Family Medical Leave Act or the FMLA passed in January of 1993, signed by President Clinton requiring large companies with fifty and more employees to offer 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a child or relative. Although this solved part of the issue it fails to acknowledge the financial problems parents would face when having a child (Johnson, M., Women and Work).

The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 allows new parents some leave but they do not have to be paid during that time and exclusions apply for small companies with employees of less than 50. Only 60 percent of all workers…
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