Report: Fed paid family leave, in context

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A comparative glance at large employers in the U.S.—published on a popular personal finance magazine's website—highlights the advantages enjoyed by feds when it comes to paid family leave.

In Europe, 16 weeks of family leave—and sometimes more, most or all of it paid depending on the country—is commonplace and long since established law. In Asia, too, long periods of paid family leave for all employees are the norm. Governments and the private sector embrace it.  

But here in the U.S., lawmakers and most employers have been slow to move in this direction, despite plenty of data that shows it actually improves productivity along with the economic and physical health of countries as a whole.

A recent report published by Money.com, outlining the range of paid family leave benefits available to parents and families across the developed world, serves to underscore the value of paid family leave. And to spotlight how most state and federal laws on the matter, and most private employers, are out of step with the global trend of significant paid family leave.

Most pertinent for our readers, the report highlights that federal employees in our country, despite enduring often lower average pay than their counterparts in the private sector, do well on the benefits side of their compensation—especially with respect to paid family leave.

Under the Federal Employee Paid Leave Act (FEPLA), federal employees get 12 weeks of paid leave to afford time to manage a new birth, adoption or foster child—a benefit level that is miles ahead of most U.S. workers. In fact, fewer than one-quarter of U.S. workers receive any paid family leave at all, according to the money.com piece. Have a look at the full report for details.

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