The Pregnancy Help Center opened its doors in July 1986, It was founded by a group of concerned citizens in the Fort Worth community who saw a need to provide information and counsel to women experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Today, the PHC ministers to the whole woman, her children and her family. Through our various programs, PHC endeavors to meet the physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of the women in our community.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Maternity Leave

Other countries find it hard to believe that in the U.S. women (and men) are entitled to very little maternity/paternity leave and it is usually unpaid. See map from New York Times. More info at Huffington Post site.

The Family and Medical Leave Act allows for three months unpaid leave during a twelve month period. Although benefits vary from company to company, most require you to use any PTO (Paid Time Off) during this time which varies in each organization but usually amounts to 21 days per year of combined vacation/sick/holidays. After that the time is unpaid.

Yahoo announced that it has a new policy offering 8 weeks of paid maternity leave. The same amount is offered by Google and Facebook. Let's hope that other companies follow suit.

Here's what leave is offered in other countries.

More detail on what's offered for new mothers in Europe here.

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