The United States is home to many great things: Beyoncé and Cheez-Its, to name a few.
But one thing we’re sorely lacking?
Sure, we have the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), which allows 12 weeks of leave if you’ve worked at a company with 50 or more employees for at least a year.
But that time off is unpaid.
And if you’re on a tight budget, or living paycheck to paycheck, there’s no way you can go three months without any income.
Some states have expanded on FMLA, so where you live can make a difference.
Keep reading to see how your state stacks up.
These States Offer Paid Parental Leave
Fast Company summed up the various policies in the graphic below:
Source: Fast Company
As you can see, only three states offer active paid parental leave programs, while a few more have pending legislation.
(UPDATE: Since this post was published, New York state passed its paid parental leave law; by 2021, it will offer 12 weeks, which is the most in the country.)
Given the fact I want kids someday, maybe I shouldn’t have moved from California to Florida.
But because many people aren’t as fortunate, I think it’s high time the U.S. got on board with national paid parental leave.
Not everyone agrees with me, though…
Your Turn: Should the U.S. should require paid parental leave?
Susan Shain, senior writer for The Penny Hoarder, is always seeking adventure on a budget. Visit her blog at susanshain.com, or say hi on Twitter @susan_shain.