Who Do You Have To **ow To Get Paid Family Leave?
A lot of corporations have been jumping on the bandwagon of paid family leave in the last few years – Virgin, Facebook, and Netflix, to name a few – but with the 2016 election looming, people are talking about it as a policy issue. Milla Jovovich, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Jemima Kirke, for example, in this new PSA for American Women, a research group that’s trying to raise awareness about the plentiful benefits of paid family leave ahead of the election.
As the PSA points out, America trails the rest of the world when it comes to paid family leave, with the American government requiring a grand total of zero weeks of paid leave for new parents. California is the only state that requires employers to provide paid leave, and it’s seen wage increases since instituting its policy.
Both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders support paid family leave as part of their policy platforms – Clinton’s campaign page says that “No one should have to choose between keeping their job and taking care of a sick family member, and no parent should have to go back to work right after they welcome their newborn baby,” while Sanders offers a much more specific policy: “Provide at least 12 weeks of paid family leave, 2 weeks of paid vacation, and one week of paid sick days to American workers.” Meanwhile – and this may come as a shock – Republican members of Congress have been fighting against paid leave for years.
One tongue-in-cheek PSA about paid family leave probably won’t tip the scales of the election, of course, but the point is to get people talking about what’s best for parents so that politicians start taking it seriously, too. Maybe one day, we’ll catch up to the rest of the world.