Best Maternity Leave Policies
Best Maternity Leave Policies
Where do you find the best maternity leave policies in the world? I was shocked to find that there are still countries that do not even have laws that govern maternity leave in this day and age.
Maternity Leave – How Does Your Country Stack Up?
I was beyond shocked to find out that there are still countries that do not have mandated paid maternity leave. I was even more shocked when I saw a specific country on the list, I will not say which – I think I will hold my tongue on this one. Here are the four countries so you judge for yourself: Liberia, Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and USA.
Now I am not saying that we are to blindly hand out maternity leave just like that but I think every country should have something in place. I am from a developing country and we have maternity leave so I just though this was the norm all over the world. Some countries have even gone a step further to include the fathers so imagine my shock when I found out that there are countries that are not even including the mothers. This Infographic does a great job of showing where some countries stand when it comes to maternity leave. Take a look at it and leave your thoughts in the comment section.
Stories like this makes me cringe and makes me wonder if the persons who are making the laws do not have wives or children.
When Kim Knoblauch gave birth to her first child in the US in 2006, the only maternity leave pay she received was a month’s worth of accrued vacation and sick time. And then when she was ready to return to work, she found her job no longer existed. Since her employer was a small company, it didn’t have to adhere to federal laws that require 12 weeks of job protection after the birth of a child. (Thebump.com)
This story is in sharp contrast to the one this same person had a couple years later when she had her baby in Germany.
Four years later, Knoblauch had a very different postpartum experience. Her husband’s job had brought the family to Germany. This qualified them for Deutschland’s drool-inducing list of maternity and postpartum benefits.(Thebump.com)
Approximately 178 countries around the world provide paid maternity leave that is protected by law. Many of these countries are not even developed countries, yet they take the time to provide for these women who have to take a few months off now and then. I want to just single out Germany for a minute as they have done a great job where this is concerned. This is not to say that other countries are not also doing a fantastic job.
Basically the Mutterschutzgesetz, Maternity Protection Act of 1968 was instituted to ensure that expecting mothers are not discriminated against when applying for jobs and to provide them with added protection from being dismissed from work as a result of their pregnancy or arrival of their newborn child. This law actually goes well beyond that fundamental claim and provides much more.
This law allows expectant mothers to pretty much start their maternity leave six weeks before the birth. They even go further by stating that these women are allowed two paid thirty minute breaks to pump milk; this break is different from lunch time. This right here will make many women think of packing up and moving to Germany, especially if they are from certain countries. Germany has one of the best maternity leave policies in the world.
So how does your country stack up when it comes to best maternity leave policies? Do you know what your family is entitled to should there be a new baby on the way? Here is information for my country. What about you?
Maternity Leave and Benefits Around the World. Retrieved from http://www.thebump.com/a/maternity-leave-around-the-world
Paid maternity leave. Retrieved from http://womenandtech.com/infographic-paid-maternity-leave/