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Should a compulsory three months paid maternity leave be granted to working moms?

  • Proper parent-infant bonding likely leads to increased feeling of security, love, and acceptance which in turn leads to a decrease in juvenile delinquency and adult crime, poverty, and the breakdown of the family.

    As a country we want to be free from sharing each other's burdens, but we also take exception with the fact that our society is falling apart, this doesn't make sense.

    Looking at the strength of families, behavior of children, and child well-being statistics from places such as Norway and Sweden, which offer extended periods of paid leave reveals that these places rank at the very top of industrialized nations in terms of the above areas, while the US ranks second to last. Obviously our struggle to be free from other's burdens while still being a successful community of citizens just doesn't work.

    In the 1970's, the cost of living began exceeding the rate of compensation increases. The result of this was the necessity of women to enter the workforce in order for a family to survive in all but about the top 25% of wage-earning households. To say that a mom should either work or have children, but not both, is to say that 75% of families in the country should not have children. That cannot be right.

    Children are the future of our nation, and there can be no dispute that we are in the midst of an utterly broken generation that shows degeneration in a variety of ways over prior generations, in which moms were able to spend more time at home with their children. But our answer is, "too bad."?

    I see people in the column to the right saying "people shouldn't be paid to do nothing" and similar statements. Seriously? Being a mom is doing nothing? I am a man, so I can say this, perhaps that is the opinion of a man or a woman who either never had children or was minimally involved, her child being raised by someone else. Investing in a solid and emotionally healthy foundation for her children, the next generation of our country is such a far cry from doing nothing that it is laughable to seek to make the connection.

    Perhaps it could be argued that the burden should fall on the government and the public via taxation, but I don't know that the question posed here excludes that solution. Compulsory paid leave isn't exclusively funded by employers, it just guarantees a job upon return.

    It saddens me that so many parents (especially mothers) and families view their children as burdens to escape and other people's children are viewed (by people who have children of their own) as burdens and barriers to a person being a "productive" member of society, meaning making some contribution to some job to make someone else rich, often a meaningless job, fully unable to provide a living wage anyway.

    The most impacting thing a parent can do is produce children that are stable, healthy, and well-adjusted. This has far reaching and world-changing implications. Say I have four children who in turn have 4 children each who then have four children each. In just a few generations, I have contributed more than 100 upstanding members of society who will have a who-knows-what impact on the world at large. However, as it is, our youth is stagnating being raised by strangers in group settings who don't really care and peers, instead of parents and elder children (siblings or otherwise). Not to avoid consideration of the problem mentioned earlier, that two working people is necessary in most cases, but this must be viewed as a product of a problem and not the product of reaching a heightened state of social consciousness and equality. As a result, it must be viewed as a problem that needs treatment, namely, parental leave benefits. Long-term ones, such as Sweden and Norway, which provide over 1 year.

  • Yes, because motherhood and child-rearing is an important part of our society, and women should not be punished for doing this while also being employed.

    The bonding between an infant and their family, and especially their mother, is very important to their well-being. Many countries, especially in Europe, allow women to take years of leave from work after having a child. By examining these programs, it should be possible to implement a program in the U.S. which allows women to take extended maternity leave, without burdening her employer.

    Posted by: RaymoCanyons
  • Yes, and it should be granted to working dads too. Women and men will not be equal until our economy supports parenting and supports both men and women in this role.

    Women still do most parenting work, along with other household chores. They return to work further down the career ladder and poorer. They deserve maternity leave, as raising a child, especially during the early period of the child's life, is an important task, not to mention a thankless one. But for these same reasons, fathers deserve paternity leave. As long as parenting tasks are treated as a meaningless hobby of some sort, rather than a crucial social role that men and women both deserve support in, women will suffer financially and will continue to receive more than their fair share of child-rearing responsibility. Parental leave not only has practical benefits for cash-strapped families, it also sends a signal that society respects women's work as mothers, and the work of fathers who take time off to do their fair share. This signal-sending helps broaden gender role expectations and promote equality.

    Posted by: M4I4cFeIine
  • Yes, it should be compulsory.

    Every working mom feels stress in office, but she must have complete rest while in the last three months of pregnancy to ensure a proper delivery of healthy baby. Office stress creates many complications to pregnant mom`s, so three months maternity leave must for every mom.

    Posted by: SwmurSend
  • Governments around the world have considered introducing a paid maternity leave system where mums can have 3 - 6 months off work to look after their baby, while still getting an income. Some businesses and companies already do this.

    Imagine your wife having this situation, and fortunately, you are working well.

    Posted by: R4v3nIsaak
  • It is necessary to avoid accidents and for better working conditions.

    Compulsory maternity leave should be granted with payments. In most cases the companies do not either give leave or they provide leave without salary. Both these cases cause a lot of problems with the female community. Already they are in distress; a leave without financial aid will cause more trouble.

    Posted by: KI3JoIIy
  • Three months of compulsory maternity leave should be guaranteed to working moms of newborns.

    It should be compulsory that companies grant new mothers a three month maternity leave because one of the most important things a new baby needs is to bond with its mother. Children that do not bond properly often have mental problems later in life so it is beneficial to society that these newborns receive the love, affection and attention needed just after birth.

    Posted by: Nik0Interior
  • Maternity pay should be given as an act of decency by an employer.

    Three months maternity leave should be paid to working moms as a matter of common decency for an employee in time of financial need. Employers love to play on the fact that their employees are family when it serves their purpose, and paid maternity leave is a wonderful opportunity for an employer to put their rhetoric into constructive action.

    Posted by: ThegaXen
  • Mothers should have at least three months paid maternity leave, in order to make sure proper bonding takes place.

    Mothers are too often rushed back to their careers either because maternity time has run out, or they need the money since their family just grew bigger. Important bonding time for both the mother and the infant is missed when the mother is rushed back to work. The only time she should have to go back earlier is if the father stays home instead.

    Posted by: Z Frye
  • An employer providing a paid leave for maternity should be mandatory.

    There should be a mandatory paid leave for maternity since the first three months after pregnancy are crucial to the infant. By providing a paid leave period, it gives the mother peace of mind while taking care of the baby. An unpaid leave could put too much stress on the mother and force her to go back to work long before she had proper time to take care of her infant. The employer also benefits since the returning mother will be grateful for the paid leave and more willing to work hard in the future.

    Posted by: PinkThor
  • No, companies should not be forced to pay for a 3 month vacation to working mothers just because they got pregnant.

    Working mothers already have the option of taking maternity leave without the risk of getting fired when pregnant - giving them a paid vacation is too much. It is widely unfair to those men and women who can't, or choose not to get pregnant and miss out on that extra vacation time. The amount of money a company would have to pay out to an employ who is not doing any work would be astronomical over time, especially since a mother seeking a larger family could be pregnant every 9-10 months. To make up this loss companies would be forced to garnish every worker's wages to pay for this benefit, a benefit only a few would be able to reclaim.

    Posted by: H_Baird
  • I strongly disagree because becoming pregnant is a personal choice, which is not the responsibility of your employer.

    If I choose to get calf implants or a full body tattoo my employer is not going to pay for the time these projects will take. If your employer chooses to offer maternity leave as a " bonus" or offers an insurance plan to pay for it than that is their preference. Forcing an employer to pay because you decide "it's time" or you just messed up is wrong. Yes a full body tattoo can be just as rewarding and important to one individual as having a child is to another. Your child is only important to you and no one else.

    Posted by: EIvMd0gg
  • A compulsory three month paid maternity leave should not be granted to working moms.

    For many years women have been balancing work and motherhood or choosing one or the other. As a mother I would have loved to stay home with my children longer than I did when they were babies most mothers would. However, I do not feel it is the companies responsibility to pay a mother for any maternity leave. There are laws in affect to allow a mother a maternity leave when she has a baby but there is no pay involved. I would have to think that any company, in it's best interest, may have an issue hiring women of child bearing age if they were obligated to give a three month "paid" maternity.

    Posted by: w00tboycomic
  • I oppose paid compulsory maternity leave because it would be harmful to small businesses.

    I disagree with the idea that businesses should be forced to provide paid maternity leave to their employees. Compulsory maternity leave would be harmful to small business because it would result in increased costs for businesses that already often struggle to be profitable. It would result in additional unpredictable expenses because it is impossible to estimate the costs because you can't predict if your employees will need those benefits and you can't tell your employees that they are not allowed to get pregnant. If there were an economic downturn for the business the impact of this cost could be devastating because it is compulsory so you wouldn't be able to eliminate this expense if a number of employees became pregnant.

    Posted by: TasticBran
  • Discriminatory against mothers of many kinds

    Paid maternity leave is a wonderful benefit to offer. However, by making it mandatory, employers will find themselves discriminating against fertile females in employment. The older woman, the childless by choice, and those who state "I am done having children" will gain a leg up in the interviewing process. Women who want to have children or have any signs of possibly having children in the near term will have a mark against them in the interviewing process. Then there is the unfair advantage of women getting paid for having a child only if they work. Why is there no similar grant for women who stay home with their children? This also discriminates against men. Many companies offer paternity leave to new fathers as well as maternity leave. By mandating paid maternity leave, companies may offset the cost by denying even partial payment for fathers to take time off at a child's arrival. Paid maternity leave is paid for by companies or by the government. This will result in higher taxes or disability insurance rates on remaining employees. Shall childless by choice couples and gay couples and stay at home mothers be taxed at a higher rate so that a working mother can have the theoretically better benefit of staying home with pay after having a baby? This is unfair to childless women, gays, men, and stay at home mothers.

    Posted by: Pir4And
  • No way ladies

    Having a child is a lifestyle choice and not an right. Businesses should not be obliged to pay for a lifestyle choice. A business's priority is to make money and grow the business not support the procreation of the human race. As a woman speaking to other women, your boss is not the provider for your child. You and your partner are. So therefore the financial responsibility lies with you and your partner.
    The choice to have a child could be budgeted for like any other thing in life. And other people should not be expected to pick up your workload just because you decided to give birth.

  • No way ladies

    Having a child is a lifestyle choice and not an right. Businesses should not be obliged to pay for a lifestyle choice. A business's priority is to make money and grow the business not support the procreation of the human race. As a woman speaking to other women, your boss is not the provider for your child. You and your partner are. So therefore the financial responsibility lies with you and your partner.
    The choice to have a child could be budgeted for like any other thing in life. And other people should not be expected to pick up your workload just because you decided to give birth.

  • Do not affect others because of your choice.

    Coming as an employee from a very small firm (5 pax), I would say NO.

    First, to be pregnant is a choice you make. Your choice should never affect the lives of others. Yes, even though you are given the right to take a 4 months paid maternity leave (we have 4 months PAID maternity leave) here, ultimately, such couples should be matured enough to not let others be affected.

    Other than the x months maternity leave, let's not forget the monthly check ups, medical leaves they took prior to giving birth and then after birth they have maternity leave and after it ends, they have child care leave.

    This paid x months of maternity leave is not only unfair to the company, it is also unfair to your co-worker. Because of your personal choice, you are affecting others esp the single ones.

    I would rather they quit. Selfish? Perhaps. But so are these women who think they have the right to affect other lives. If money is an issue, then don't have a child. Simple as that.

  • Unfair to everyone

    Extended maternity leave is unfair. As a woman it annoys me when I hear other women complaining about equality yet they require being treated better than men, which is complete hypocrisy. That being said why does a new mom deserve 3 months of paid salary? Did someone force you to become pregnant? Can your co workers have 3 extra months of paid vacation? The answers are all no. Sure being a new parent is hard and very tiring, but is it fair? Another part of this that is annoying is the fact that the company is required to pay you for doing nothing. Your co workers have to work exponentially harder than you changing a diaper and sipping lemonade while catching up on Ellen. Also the father who I'm assuming works has to chip in with the child and work (possibly long hours) but gets a meager amount of time off with the child. So do I think they deserve three months of paid vacation, no I do not.

  • Unfair to everyone

    Extended maternity leave is unfair. As a woman it annoys me when I hear other women complaining about equality yet they require being treated better than men, which is complete hypocrisy. That being said why does a new mom deserve 3 months of paid salary? Did someone force you to become pregnant? Can your co workers have 3 extra months of paid vacation? The answers are all no. Sure being a new parent is hard and very tiring, but is it fair? Another part of this that is annoying is the fact that the company is required to pay you for doing nothing. Your co workers have to work exponentially harder than you changing a diaper and sipping lemonade while catching up on Ellen. Also the father who I'm assuming works has to chip in with the child and work (possibly long hours) but gets a meager amount of time off with the child. So do I think they deserve three months of paid vacation, no I do not.


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Anonymous says2013-06-05T23:03:45.603
I think it's mostly about job security. One can always try to save for parental leave, but the choice should be yours regarding how long to take off... I think up to 6 months is reasonable. One should not lose their job for having a baby and wanting to care for it-- 6 weeks is not enough! This country is so behind.