America & the Question of Parental Leave

America & the Question of Parental Leave

They're wrenching questions every new parent must face: Should I take time off from work? How long? Will I get paid? Just 11 percent of American workers have paid family leave benefits, leaving millions to grapple with the long-term...

They're wrenching questions every new parent must face: Should I take time off from work? How long? Will I get paid? Just 11 percent of American workers have paid family leave benefits, leaving millions to grapple with the long-term fallout of taking time off. We look at the impact of paid leave on families, and how the lack of paid leave laws in the U.S. -– and the abundance of them abroad -- affect families and careers.

Guests

Janet Walsh

Deputy Director of the Women's Rights Division at Human Rights Watch

Eileen Appelbaum

Senior Economist, Center for Economic and Policy Research

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