Sweden Adds Third Month To Paid Maternity Leave

credit: MorgueFile

credit: MorgueFile

You heard it right, Sweden, known for having one of the world’s best parental leave options is improving upon that plan by offering fathers a third month of paid leave starting in 2016. Almost 90 percent of fathers within the country already use the benefit.

Sweden first introduced the policy in 1995 and also offers families an allowance of up to $125 a month per child until a child is 16 years old. As a part of the policy Swedish parents are already given 48- days of paid parental leave when they become new parents through birth or adoption. For 390 of those days, parents are paid 80 percent of what they are normally paid. The leave allows the days to be used up until a child is eight years old and each new child comes with its own set of paid leave days.

In comparison, the United States is nowhere near as generous. Paid leave is only offered in California, Rhode Island and New Jersey or if a company has a leave policy for parents. However, those who work full time in companies that employ 50 or more workers are given 12 weeks of unpaid leave, which leaves more than half of workers in the United States uncovered by the policy.

Maybe the United States with take a tip from Sweden soon.

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