The Pros And Cons Of Paid Maternal Leave

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In the United States, the recent argument of paid parental leave has started a slight controversy among business owners and employees; many people would agree that employees deserve such leave during the early stages of parenthood. However, may business owners feel that by providing paid parental leave the business overall may suffer financially. The United States is the only industrialized nation that does not guarantee paid parental leave. While most female citizens are guaranteed unpaid maternal leave for 12 weeks, the lack of paid maternal leave has a negative impact on new working mothers. The United States needs to implement a policy that mandates paid maternal leave in the United States. According to the United Nations sustainable development goals, or SDGs, is a universal set of 17 goals that the policies of the United Nations need to use in order to frame their policies. These goals include gender equality, no poverty, good health and well-being, and reduced inequalities. Paid maternal leave is one such policy that has the ability to play a critical role in implementing the commitments of SDGs. Research has shown that paid maternal leave has been shown to improve both maternal and child health. According to the journal, “Paid parental leave and family leave in the sustainable developmental era” paid maternal leave has been associated with lower infant mortality rates and higher immunization rates. The Family and Medical Leave Act, the FMLA, is a law gives women
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