United States

Metro Canada (Toronto) - - World -

The U.S. catches a lot of flack for be­ing the only eco­nom­i­cally de­vel­oped coun­try with no na­tion­ally paid ma­ter­nity or parental leave. There are 12 weeks of un­paid ma­ter­nity leave for pub­lic ser­vants and work­ers at larger com­pa­nies. Some states of­fer six weeks of dis­abil­ity pay to mothers dur­ing late preg­nancy, birth and re­cov­ery. A few states step in with paid fam­ily leave af­ter the dis­abil­ity pay­ments run out, but even the best, Cal­i­for­nia and New Jersey, of­fer just six weeks. Some em­ploy­ers are gen­er­ous. But other than that, moms and dads are on their own.

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