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Transcript of Mom's Rising
1. Summary of Maternity & Paid Leave Issue
Maternity leave, now often called parental or family leave, is the time a mother (or father) takes off from work for the birth or adoption of a child. Actual paid "maternity leave" is common in almost all countries but is unusual in the United States, although some enlightened companies do offer new parents paid time off, up to six weeks in some cases maybe more. Issues that arise in this topic is if we should provide paid leave like other countries and the length of the time off.
3. My Account
I was working for a mom while she was out on FMLA maternity leave. My coworker was a good friend of the mom and every week would ask her if she was coming back to work. She could tell the agony the new mom felt with having to leave her new baby. More pressure was put on her to decide. They needed her to work or they would give her job to me. I didn't want to be caught in the middle but had not choice. Ultimately, the new mom chose her child and I was offered her position the same day. Kristin Brown
6. Call to Action
7. Our Team's Reaction
178 countries in the world offer paid leave for new mothers EXEPT for the United States
Although some companies and business do provide it on their own
In America, most people end up using a combination of short-term disability, vacation days, and unpaid family leave to care for their newborn
5. Current state of North Carolina
North Carolina does not have a law that specifically requires employers to offer mothers maternity leave.
North Carolina does have the North Carolina Equal Employment Practices Act. Employers with 15 or more employees must provide the same benefits to pregnant mothers as they do to individuals with temporary disabilities.
The Baby Center:
“The U.S. is the only high-income nation not to have paid maternity leave, while almost all middle- and low-income countries offer it, too,” says Jody Heymann, founding director of McGill University’s Institute for Health and Social Policy and author of Raising the Global Floor: Dismantling the Myth That We Can’t Afford Good Working Conditions for Everyone. The exceptions include Swaziland, Papua New Guinea—and us.
4. Current State of our nation on Maternity & Paid Leave
The Unites States does not offer paid maternity leave, as 178 other nations around the world does.
Even some of the poorest nations offer paid maternity leave.
Studies have shown that the early bonding between mother and child is very essential to the child's well being.