Fast Facts: Paid Parental Leave Policies Around the World

Believe it or not, the United States is one of the "small handful" of the 193 countries in the United Nations without a national paid parental leave law, according to NPR.

Among the handful of countries without it are "New Guinea, Suriname, a few South Pacific island nations and the United States."

That is, of course, not to say that some states in the U.S. do not have paid family leave, as California, New Jersey, and Rhode Island do, in fact, have signed laws, however, the rest (a large majority of the country) do not. Other states' policies, if they have anything, are either in the works or unpaid, leaving the nation behind most other countries.

While some countries do not have paid parental leave, many have (at the very least) paid maternal leave, something that the U.S., does not.

Additionally, some countries — yes, really — offer paid paternal leave so the father does not have to feel badly about taking time off to do his job at home.

Still, while the U.S. is far behind other countries in regards to paid paternal and maternal leave, it is even further behind because it does not nationally offer either, let alone both.

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