(Closed) maternity leave policies around the world

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@tronski:  That is correct.  FMLA only holds your job for 12 weeks – that’s ALL it does.  No guarantee of any kind of pay – that’s up to your employer.  

AND, not everyone is eligible for FMLA.  You only get that if you work for a company with 50 or more employees, and you have to have been with that company for more than a year.

Post # 33
758 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@babymakes3:  I think I should get paid for mat leave because I PAY TAXES that are specifically for this program.  

I’m editing this to include the point that there is a lot of research that indicates that society as a whole is better off when one parent can spend dedicated time raising a child. 

Also – I think in Canada, the idea of taxation is more supported here.  We are not afraid of the idea of everyone contributing to benefit the whole, even if that means I pay for a benefit that I may never use. 

Post # 34
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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@Happy2bMrs:  Sorry, I guess I should have been more specific. I was thinking in terms of the US.

Post # 35
10357 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We have very seriously considered a move to both Canada and New Zealand due to both maternity leave and other family quality of life services.

I think being an American can, at times, be humiliating. Our family leave and healthcare systems are embarassing.

Post # 36
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

In Iceland we get a total of 9 months paid leave. 3 months for the mother, 3 months for the father and 3 months that the parents can use how they like. But the government is in the process of making it 12 months total.

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