Wednesday, April 24, 2013
People in support of family-friendly workplace policies are continuing to speak out about the shortcomings of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), “the only federally mandated policy covering families in the workplace.” For instance, the FMLA only applies to businesses employing 50 or more people. However, many employers feel the FMLA does not need to go any further because almost 60% of U. S. workers are covered by the policy, and the provisions have been used in excess of 100 million times to help workers manage newborn care and family health crises, according to the National Partnership for Women and Families. Opponents of the proposed changes argue extending coverage to small businesses would do more harm than good, imposing heavy financial burdens on “mom-and-pop” businesses. Per the Labor Department, about 35% of national employers offer paid maternity leave for all or most employees and about 30% offer paid paternity leave for all or most employees. However, amongst large corporations and law firms that offer paid maternity and paternity leaves as perks to help obtain top talent, it is important to note “employers tend not to offer the paid leave to lower-skilled workers, surveys show.”
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