More than a decade ago, California became the first state to guarantee six weeks of paid leave for new moms and dads at work, supported by a payroll tax contribution by eligible workers. Since then, Rhode Island and New Jersey followed California’s lead and paid maternity and paternity leave plans have been rolled out by leading employers – from Reddit to Major League Baseball.
And yet, the United States remains one of the only developed nations that doesn’t provide paid benefits to women during maternity leave.
But experts are optimistic that paid family leave will eventually catch on across the country -- whether company-by-company, state-by-state or federally, through the FAMILY Act, a proposal that would create a self-sufficient paid leave program.
From loyalty and productivity to recruiting and retention and company culture, there are many ways ways providing paid leave benefits the employers and working families alike.
Some of the business benefits include:
- Building loyalty among new parent employees
- Enhancing productivity
- Reducing turnover costs
- Strengthening teams
- Empowering women
- Attracting new talent
Learn more about the business benefits of supporting new parents in the workplace and investing in paid family leave by downloading Care.com's free ebook on Does It Pay to Offer Paid Leave.