This was supposed to be the year paid parental leave was going to expand.Experts predicted employers and lawmakers were going to finally start paying more attention to what many began to recognize as a hugely important benefit for working parents.
Portugal, Norway, Luxembourg and Iceland are also relatively generous in this regard, mandating about two months of leave or more for new dads. offer paid family leave to their employees without being required to do so, as well.
This is puzzling in a country where the number of two-parent households in which both work full-time has increased from one-third in 1970 to 46% today, according to Pew Research.
Here’s a look at what’s changed in the past 12 months–and what hasn’t.
After all, according to a 2016 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 100 million employees still aren’t offered paid family leave at their jobs.
A quarter of new mothers go back to work just 10 days after giving birth.