Maternity Leave and Human Rights: The U.S. Is ‘An Extreme Outlier’

Failing its Families (Human Rights Watch)

US: Lack of Paid Leave Harms Workers, Children (Human Rights Watch)

Maternity Leave and Human Rights
The New York Times
Preview: “The organization Human Rights Watch has been putting itself in harm’s way recently, monitoring the upheavals in the Mideast.That same group is sounding alarms here in the U.S. this week, with a report that condemns American work-family policies — or, more specifically, the lack thereof.The 90-page report, ‘Failing its Families: Lack of Paid Leave and Work-Family Supports in the US,’ looks at realities known to all American parents — i.e. ‘little or no paid family leave after childbirth or adoption, employer reticence to offer breastfeeding support or flexible schedules, and workplace discrimination against new parents, especially mothers’ — and describes them as human rights violations. The lack of such policies have ‘grave health, financial and career repercussions’ for parents, the organization concludes, and urges reforms that will bring the U.S., which is now ‘an extreme outlier’ in line with the rest of the world. At the moment, the report explains:”

US Lags On Parental Leave Policies: Report
redOrbit
Preview: “The report is based on interviews with 64 parents across the United States.  It documents the health and financial impact on American workers of having little or no paid family leave after childbirth or adoption, employer reticence to offer breastfeeding support or flexible schedules, and workplace discrimination against new parents.”

Human rights group dings the United States for lack of rights for new parents
dscriber
Preview: “Research on 190 countries shows that 178 countries guarantee paid maternity leave under national law, but ‘just three countries definitively offer no legal guarantee of paid maternity leave: Papua New Guinea, Swaziland — and the United States,’ according to the report.”

Human Rights Watch targets … the United States
Salon
Preview: “Today Human Rights Watch released a report criticizing the U.S. for its lack of paid parental leave policies, finding that America is alone among major nations in its family-unfriendly leave policies. Paid parental leave in most countries is financed either by employers or social security.”

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One Response to Maternity Leave and Human Rights: The U.S. Is ‘An Extreme Outlier’

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