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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 »

San Francisco First US City to OK Paid Parental Leave

For 6 weeks, state will pay 55% of worker's paycheck, private companies 45%

(Newser) - What do the United States and Papua New Guinea have in common? Per the International Labor Organization , they're the only two countries out of 185 that don't have national paid parental leave, the New York Times reports. To make up for that absence, some states—including Rhode Island,... 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 »

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 »

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 »

UK Gives Dads 6 Months of Paternity Leave

Policy shift reflects growing role of female breadwinners

(Newser) - The UK has overhauled its family leave policy to put more British babies in their fathers' care as mothers play the role of breadwinner. Where previously mothers got nine months' leave and fathers only two weeks, families will now have the option of shifting the mother's last three months to... More »

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