A recent report released by the National Partnership for Women and Families, "graded" each of 50 U.S. states on how well they care for working parents.
The grades were given based on a few things. One major key indicator used for the study are laws and policies that help working parents outside of the Family and Medical Leave Act. This mandate requires employers to offer 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave for employees. This could be for a birth of a child, a serious health condition of a spouse, and more. Mind you, it's unpaid, something that not all families can accommodate.
Outside of the Family and Medical Leave Act could be things like more paid family leave, pregnancy accommodation laws, paid sick days, and more.
The states that gained the lowest scores, an "F" grade, were: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Only three states passed with an "A" score-- California, New York, and Washington, D.C.
But, the study also makes it clear that all states were graded on a "curve." Even in D.C. where it was graded an "A" does not require additional protection for pregnant employees, plus paid sick days.
The summary concluded one major thing -- Every state has room for improvement, and most states are not doing nearly enough.
Currently, the U.S. is just one of two countries that doesn't offer paid maternity leave. So, it looks like the U.S. needs to make some changes for all of the working parents out there. Take some initiative U.S. in policy to let parents work and maintain their family!
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