Should American women receive paid maternal leave?

Asked by: fawny
  • Yes they should

    Have you seen the cost of daycare, formula, and diapers? There would be no way the average family could go a few months living on one income. I think this goes back to women's rights. If the mom doesn't receive pay then she will end up just being a stay at home mom because the family can't afford daycare and the needs of the child. Once again women don't have equal rights and equal opportunity.

  • Every other developed nation does- in fact most developing nations do.

    We are so ridiculously behind the rest of the developed world when it comes to maternity and childcare- when nations like Mali, Mongolia, Chad, and Cuba provide their citizens with better coverage than you, you have a problem. Investing in mothers and their children is investing in the future of your nation. If women find it too expensive or prohibitive to have children, they'll either reduce the number they have or not have any at all. Then you'll run into the situation that is occurring here today, where the massive number of the older generations cannot be supported by the lower numbers of the young.

    “All aspects of adult human capital, from workforce skills to cooperative and lawful behavior, build on capacities that are developed during childhood, beginning at birth,” states a 2007 report from the National Scientific Council Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. And conservatives, the most likely to OPPOSE paid maternity leave, are always ragging on about "family values" and people staying home with their kids- they claim it's vitally important yet no one wants to actually allow families to be able to afford to do so.

    Two of our states already do this- California and New Jersey. And contrary to what the naysayers claim, it costs workers only pennies to a few dollars a month, depending on salary. In California, moms and dads can take up to six weeks off at 55 percent of their salary, with a maximum weekly payout of $987. In New Jersey, parents can take up to six weeks off at a max of $559 a week. In both cases, businesses don’t pay a nickel for these programs.

    In addition, despite business-community concerns that family leave would hurt productivity, a recent report on the situation in California from the Center for Economic and Policy research (CEPR) in Washington, DC, found that fear unsubstantiated. Roughly 90 percent of businesses surveyed as part of CEPR’s "Leaves That Pay" report said that paid family leave either had no impact or a positive impact on productivity, performance, turnover and morale. Nor did it result in companies being short-staffed: only about 6 percent of employees took off each year. Many of the companies even said they SAVED money, since workers took the state-sponsored family leave rather than maxing out their sick, vacation, personal time, and disability benefits, which are all paid for by the company.

    Moreover, the National Partnership for Women and Families reports that women with paid maternity leave are MORE likely to return to work. They also report that being able to take the time to establish family routines and "learn the ropes" of having children made them more efficient once they returned to work, and also less likely to suffer financial hardship, depression, and delay childhood immunizations.

  • They should, they're more weaker when they're expecting.

    It's a bit sad when I see expectant mothers working when they should be resting. Doctors often recommend pregnant women to take it easy and they kind of have to stay at home. For eight months, they would stay home without a source of income. They should get paid to have money for to pay for the baby as well as her daily expenses.

  • Of course !

    Childbirth is a natural part of many women's lives, and during the 6 or so months that they can't be at work they, still need the money. It may be true that the woman isn't contributing to the company for that time period, but if the continues to pay her while she is gone, perhaps the woman will feel more motivated upon returning.

  • They aren't working

    My argument goes like this: When you aren't working you shouldn't get paid. It is foolish to think that someone whether male or female deserves to get paid when he/she isn't working. I also think that the employers have every right to not pay a women when she is not coming to work. I think that she should be given a vacation and that her spot in the workplace should be reserved, which is what I think happens when a woman gets pregnant.

  • No way, its a problem

    Here in Australia, women receive paid maternity leave for up to a year, and men can also get it too. Where does the money come from, our taxes.

    If you want to have a baby then take responsibility for it yourself. If you can't afford it, then don't do it.

  • This is why it won't work

    I do support medical leave, but requiring it for all companies will cause too much of a hardship on small business owners. A large mega corperation has the resources to cover it, but a small store with a few employees cannot cover the cost. Another problem is this would be sexist. What if the mom has the better paying job? What about fathers who want to take time off? Women with kids get so many extra perks in the workplace that men and the child free do not get such as pumping breaks, 6 weeks off from work after having a baby, they call in sick more, and they often get out of having to work late. As a mother and a small business owner, I'm aganist it for the following reasons. If you have a child, the mother and her partner need to use the nine months of pregnancy to figure out these issues.

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