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Trump Calls for 6 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave

Ivanka joins him in effort to woo women voters

(Newser) - Donald Trump says he has gone where no GOP presidential nominee has gone before with promises of paid maternity leave and federal subsidies for child care. Accompanied by his daughter, Ivanka, Trump unveiled his plan in a speech outside Philadelphia on Tuesday evening, the Wall Street Journal reports. His campaign... More »

Scientists Pinpoint Why US Parents Are Less Happy

In some countries, parents are actually happier than nonparents; not in the US

(Newser) - The "happiness penalty" between parents and nonparents in the US—that is, in which nonparents report being happier than their counterparts—is wider than in any of the other 21 countries researchers have analyzed. Now those researchers say they've managed to pinpoint exactly why, and it all boils... More »

Women Deserve Maternity Leave, Baby or No

Meghann Foye is tired of working moms having all the fun

(Newser) - Fed up with working moms getting all the perks, 38-year-old magazine editor Meghann Foye writes in the New York Post that it's time for childless women to start getting theirs. "There’s something about saying 'I need to go pick up my child' as a reason to... More »

Baby Dies on First Day at Daycare

Mom, during first day back to work, had called to check on her 3 times

(Newser) - On Adrienne Kromer's first day back at work following three and a half months of maternity leave, she called her daughter's new daycare center three times to check on the baby girl. McKenna Felmly had shown no signs of illness or distress when she was dropped off at... More »

Mom Whose Baby Died at Daycare: Our System Is Broken

We need more parental leave, writes Amber Scorah

(Newser) - Amber Scorah wanted a longer maternity leave. She didn't yet feel comfortable leaving her 3-month-old son, but her company had no mechanism in place to allow her to take more time off, even if it was unpaid. She and her partner discussed the possibility of her quitting her job—... More »

Amazon Just Made 2 Surprising Moves

Expanded parental leave and a shiny new Seattle bookstore

(Newser) - New moms and dads at Amazon have a new perk: six weeks of fully paid leave, CNNMoney reports. Birth mothers will get an additional four weeks before their due date, plus 10 weeks after the birth, for 20 weeks' total paid leave. Plus, employees can share any unused portion of... More »

DC Could Soon Get America's Best Family Benefits

Paid leave will be more than double that of rest of US

(Newser) - Washington, DC, could be about to leave the rest of the US behind and move a lot closer to Europe, at least as far as family leave is concerned. The DC Council backs legislation , to be introduced Tuesday, that would give workers 16 weeks of paid leave for events like... More »

Why Male Execs Should Start Taking Paternity Leave

It's time to set an example from the top: Julia Greenberg

(Newser) - Female CEOs face quite a bit of scrutiny over how they handle maternity leave—for example, a sample headline about Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer's recent decision to take only a brief, working leave : "Marissa Mayer’s Two-Week Maternity Leave Is Bullsh*t"—but no one gets on male... More »

Netflix Gives New Parents One Year of Paid Leave

Netflix says move will help foster its culture of 'freedom and responsibility'

(Newser) - Expecting parents wondering which company offers the best maternity and paternity leave in the US need look no further. Netflix announced yesterday that it is upping the ante, offering new parents unlimited, fully-paid maternity and paternity leave for the first year after having or adopting a child. The streaming video... More »

52 Weeks of Parental Leave Now Exists. Paid

For a very select group of employees at one of Richard Branson's subsidiaries

(Newser) - Richard Branson has come up with a parental leave policy that Michelle Duggar could have retired on probably sometime in the last century: 52 weeks of leave at 100% pay, reports TheStreet . "If you take care of your employees, they will take care of your business," says Branson... More »

16 Weeks of Paid Maternity Leave? Yes, at Vodafone

Company to also offer full pay for 30-hour weeks for mom's first 6 months back

(Newser) - The US is the only country out of 38 that doesn't require paid maternity leave, according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study. And while the US Family and Medical Leave Act does provide for up to 12 weeks of leave for some employees with a new baby or... More »

Obama: Time for New Moms to Get Paid Leave

But funding maternity leave is a major problem

(Newser) - It's time for America to lose its status as the only industrialized country where new mothers don't get a single day of paid leave, President Obama says. "Many women can't even get a paid day off to give birth—now that's a pretty low bar,... More »

Yes, Prince William Does Need Paid Paternity Leave

Judith Warner thinks the new dad is making a brilliant symbolic statement

(Newser) - Taxpayers are about to pay Prince William $206 a week for paternity leave—and Judith Warner at Bloomberg thinks that's, as the British might say, bloody brilliant. Oh sure, in practical terms, it's a crazy handout to an idle rich person. But "in William's subtle, necessarily... More »

Mayer Beefs Up Yahoo's Maternity Policy

Move follows controversy over telecommute ban

(Newser) - Yahoo stirred up controversy when CEO Marissa Mayer banned working from home ; now, Mayer is reaching out to fellow parents by way of a beefed-up maternity policy. Moms will now get 16 weeks of paid leave, with new dads getting eight, NBC Bay Area reports. That's double the new... More »

Want to Reduce Abortions? Support Mothers

We're ignoring the most important topic: David Frum

(Newser) - The abortion debate frequently includes questions about when it should or should not be allowed—what if the mother’s life is at stake ? What if the pregnancy was the result of a rape ? What if it’s a selective reduction ?—but “these dorm-room hypotheticals do... More »

German Official: Mayer's Maternity Leave Too Short

Female Cabinet member criticizes Yahoo exec's decision

(Newser) - New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer says she plans to take a few weeks off for maternity leave and even work from home when she has her baby . This has suddenly become a political issue—in Germany. The nation's minister of family affairs tells Der Spiegel that Mayer is setting... More »

Working Late in Pregnancy as Dangerous as Smoking?

Study finds working into 9th month associated with low birth weight

(Newser) - Planning to work right up until your due date? You might as well light up a cigarette, a new study suggests. The study finds that babies born to women who worked into the ninth month of pregnancy were an average of half a pound lighter than those born to moms... More »

5 Steps to Fix Work-Life Balance

US policy far behind other countries'

(Newser) - Following much-discussed articles like Anne-Marie Slaughter's Atlantic piece, the question of work-life balance—particularly for women—is again in the spotlight, and that's a very good thing, writes Sarah Seltzer at Salon . The fact is, the US is embarrassingly behind on the issue. But a few policy changes... More »

Ban Disney From Delivery Room

'Stop Disney sales reps from pouncing on newborns'

(Newser) - Popping out a baby is no Mickey Mouse experience—even though Disney would like it to be. Sales reps gone Goofy and laden with Disney products are invading maternity wards across the nation to turn very tiny Americans just hours old into cartoon character consumers. Reps at 580 hospitals are... More »

Sharron Angle: Down With Maternity, Autism Coverage

Democrats find another old misstep to attack Nevada tea partier with

(Newser) - Harry Reid has found another nugget from Sharron Angle’s past with which to bash her. This time, Democrats are circulating a video shot at a Tea Party rally last year, in which Angle slammed a recent Nevada law mandating that insurers cover autism and maternity leave, the Las Vegas ... More »

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