Category Archives: Parental Leave

Employers should allow new parents to take time off to care for their newborn child.

Are Banks Practicing Maternity Discrimination?

Employer discrimination against new mothers is an old issue in this country, but one woman is facing a different kind of maternity discrimination while on pregnancy leave. A Philadelphia woman and her husband were looking to finance work on their home. She was home from work on paid maternity leave when she discovered the bank had rejected her mortgage. Apparently, since she was no longer present at work, the bank no longer viewed her income as being valid. This led to her application getting rejected. She filed a suit making the claim that she had been rejected because of her pregnancy. Do Banks Practice Maternity Discrimination? This case is not unique. The Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that there have been more than 200 alleged cases of maternity discrimination against women looking to get a mortgage. Cases have included major names in banking such as Wells Fargo, Bank…
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America’s Failing Maternity Leave Policies Force New Moms to Turn to Crowdfunding

America prides itself on being one of the most advanced developed nations on the globe, and yet in some respects, we fall behind in offering our citizens services that are considered basic necessities elsewhere around the world. One such benefit is guaranteed paid maternity leave for new mothers. Although some advancements in the Family and Medical Leave Act have been made in recent decades, having only 12 weeks of unpaid parental leave commonly puts new parents, mothers especially, in extremely tight spots. Most European countries require all employers to offer as many as six weeks or more of paid time off to new parents, fathers included, so that they can spend time with their newborns. That time also allows new mothers to properly heal before going back to work. The United States does not offer new parents this benefit. Unfortunately, the miracle of birth, which is supposed to be one…
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The Surprising Ways Paternity Leave Can Help Women in Business

The lack of women in business leadership roles is a problem that many have attempted to address in many different ways. But one new study has found that paid company paternity leave can help women in business, perhaps even more than mandatory paid maternity leave. The U.S. is one of the very few countries that does not have federal laws mandating that new mothers be given paid maternity leave. Though some companies do offer paid leave, by law mothers are guaranteed 12 weeks unpaid leave in the U.S., meaning only that their jobs are protected. This results in many women returning to work early. In virtually every other country in the world, mothers are still paid at least a percentage of their salary while on maternity leave. Paternity leave may be less common, but those countries that do offer fathers paid time off after a baby have been shown to…
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