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Graphic showing parental leave policies around the world. The US has zero days while, for instance, Turkey has 112 days at 67% pay, Canada has 119 days at 55% pay, and India, Indonesia, and Mexico all have 84 days at 100% pay.
As Kaili Joy Gray wrote about this situation:
For a country that boasts of being No. 1!, we are actually at the bottom. The extent of our family leave policy is the pitiful and toothless Family Medical Leave Act, full of restrictions and conditions, which merely allows up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave. What that really means is that unless an employer has opted to provide paid leave for its employees, a family can only take advantage of the allotted 12 weeks if that family can afford to go without pay for three months. The reality is that FMLA is a privilege, not a right, for those who are wealthy enough to be able to use it.
What's more, 40 percent of the American workforce isn't even covered by the FMLA. And parental and other family leave isn't the only way the United States lags behind the rest of the world, as we'll see below the fold.

map showing which countries have paid sick leave; U.S. is one of very few that does not
Yes, paid sick leave, a policy that even most Democratic politicians won't touch, is the law in the vast majority of countries in the world. It's us, India, Syria, Chad, and a small handful of others making people choose between getting paid and staying home when they're sick.

We are so not Number 1!

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Tue Feb 05, 2013 at 01:32 PM PST.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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