PT1Essay.docx - Paid Paternal Leave Most parents would agree spending time with their newborn is a very special experience that they wouldn\u2019t trade

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Paid Paternal Leave Most parents would agree: spending time with their newborn is a very special experience that they wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. While it is expected that new mothers take maternity leave, and new fathers stay home for a couple of weeks to help out, The reality is that only 10 to 15 percent of men have access to paid paternity leave through their employer (U.S. Department of Labor). There is the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which “allows parents and other caretakers to take up to 12 weeks unpaid, job-protected leave if they work at a company with 50 or more employees,” but that only covers 50 percent of United States workers (U.S. Department of Labor). The issue of paid paternity leave is constantly up for debate. One side addresses the personal gains of parent-child bonding and financial stability, while the other side concerned for company profits and how it affects their competitiveness. It is not, however, an issue of preference to stay at work; Cali Yost, CEO of Work+Life Fit Inc. finds that 90 percent of men want flexible hours to balance their work life and home life, compared to 92 percent among women (Tahmincioglu, “Men Are Discouraged”). There is a simple explanation for this. In recent years, women have become much more involved in the workforce; over 50 percent of U.S. workers are female. With this increase in workplace diversity, traditional gender roles are being replaced with more modern values. Men are asking for more flexible hours or becoming stay at home dads, “a process [Sylvia Ann Hewlett] calls off-ramping,” (Tahmincioglu, “Men Are Discouraged”). “Over the last five years,” says Hewlett, an economist, and founder of the Center for Work-Life Policy, “there’s been a doubling of the percentage of men who off-ramp for reasons of child care.” Unfortunately, the corporate world is lagging behind, and this poses a major problem for many families. Phillips 1
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Of the 50 percent of U.S. workers covered by the FMLA, only 22 percent take the opportunity to use it (U.S. Department of Labor). These numbers are not surprising, because the people who land in the Middle Class typically are not secure in their financial status, and therefore cannot afford to take unpaid time off of work. Not only that, but many men feel as though it may affect their jobs. The FMLA guarantees job protection, but taking time off may damage chances of promotions or other advancements. The situation is considerably worse for workers who have no rights to paternal leave.
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  • Winter '16
  • Scott Loucks
  • Leave, parental leave, Paternity

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