Because the United States is the only developed country without a paid-parental-leave policy, Americans have to rely on their state governments and employers to step up. And while there have been recent developments indicating that more will follow suit, only six states and Washington, DC, have paid family-care policies that can be used for new parents.
This means much of that burden is placed on employers.
"While the paid leave landscape may generally be improving, there's a long way to go toward creating equal access to all parents," Just's director of external engagement Yusuf George wrote on a blog post.
Not only do most Americans want both mothers and fathers to have access to paid parental leave, but there is a wealth of research showing that such policies have physical, emotional, financial, and career benefits.
Read more about some of the leading companies that have extended parental leave, and its benefits with the link below!