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Tucker Carlson Mocks Buttigieg Over Paternity Leave

Transportation secretary back on the job after time off for new twins

(Newser) - Pete Buttigieg is typically one of the most visible of President Biden's Cabinet members in regard to TV appearances and the like. However, the transportation secretary has been keeping an uncharacteristically low profile of late, and Politico just revealed why: He went on paid paternity leave in August after...

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Took 3-Year Paternity Leave

Actor focused on his kids, is back with new projects this year

(Newser) - Joseph Gordon-Levitt is back, baby. And back from the babies, to be precise. The actor has been out of sight since his last movie release in 2016 as he took three years off to be a father to his two young sons, born in 2015 and 2017. "I just...

In This Case, Paternity Leave Is Big News
Young Japanese Politician
Sets Out to Bust a Taboo
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Young Japanese Politician Sets Out to Bust a Taboo

Cabinet minister Shinjiro Koizumi is taking paternity leave, a rare thing in his country

(Newser) - A politician announcing that he's taking paternity leave typically doesn't make international headlines. But the circumstances of this one are indeed unusual: The politician is Japanese Environment Minister Shinjiro Koizumi, 38, and the reason it's making news is because so few men take paternity leave in Japan....

Tweak in Parental Leave Law Pays Big Health Dividends

Study: Moms healthier if dads or partners can take even a few days off at same time

(Newser) - Giving dads more flexibility to take a few days off after the birth of a child pays big dividends for new moms' health, a new study suggests. Researchers at Stanford looked into what happened when Sweden added more flexibility to its already generous parental leave policy, reports the New York ...

Dads in Spain Started Getting Paternity Leave— and Wanted Fewer Kids

While moms, on the other hand, started wanting more

(Newser) - An interesting thing happened after Spain introduced a national policy that gave most new dads two weeks of fully paid paternity leave: Men in the country aged 21 to 40, when surveyed, said they wanted fewer children than before the policy took effect. The researchers who have been studying the...

Zuckerberg to Take 2-Month Paternity Leave

He did the same when his first daughter was born

(Newser) - When baby no. 2 arrives for Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan Zuckerberg, the Facebook founder will again be taking two months of paternity leave, like he did when daughter Max was born. "I will always be grateful I could spend so much time with her in the first months...

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...

Japanese Politician Hammered Over Decision to Take Paternity Leave

'Paternity leave is for workers. Lawmakers are not workers'

(Newser) - When his child is born sometime in the coming weeks, Kensuke Miyazaki will become the first Japanese politician to take paternity leave, the BBC reports. It's been an unpopular decision, to say the least. "Does he realize that if a lawmaker goes on paternity leave, his voters' voice...

Zuckerberg Giving Himself 2 Months Paternity Leave

Under Facebook company policy, he could take 4

(Newser) - Facebook is going to have to do without Mark Zuckerberg for a couple of months in the near future: The Facebook founder and his wife, Priscilla, have a baby daughter on the way and he says he is planning to take two months off when she arrives, TechCrunch reports. "...

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—...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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