Just in time for Father’s Day, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced on Tuesday a new paternity leave policy for some of his employees: new dads, like new moms at the company, will now get 12 months of fully paid leave.
Though many U.S. states and companies require or offer paid maternity and paternity leaves, paid parental leaves are not mandated by federal U.S. law, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Under the Family and Medical Act of 1993, employers are required to offer a minimum of 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, but there’s no such U.S. rule for new dads.
What about in the rest of the world? In the map above, light red indicates that a country’s national laws include maternity leave but not paternity leave. Dark red indicates the country’s national laws include both maternity and paternity leave. (Leave information comes from a 2014…
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