The United States lags behind other countries in providing parental leave. It is the only developed country in the world that doesn’t mandate some form of paid maternity leave. It doesn’t offer paid leave for new fathers, either.

But San Francisco has just become the first city in the nation to offer fully paid leave to new parents. While the legislation pass unanimously by the board of supervisors, getting Mayor Ed Lee to sign it into a law required negotiations. But after amendments were made that make it more favorable to small businesses, it was signed. 

Up until now, the state of California paid up to 55% of a parents salary for 6 weeks. But due to SF being one the most expensive cities in the world, many parents decide not to take the full leave. Opting to put food on the table vs bond with the baby.

Under the new bill, businesses with more than 20 employees will be required to pay the other 45%. Giving parents 100% of their salary for 6 weeks.

Many small businesses oppose it since it allows employees who work as few as 8 hours a week to get paid the full leave, and they’ve only had to be employees for 180 days.

Regardless of their opposition, those with more than 50 employees have to comply by January 2017 and those with more than 20 employees have until January 2018. 

Parents and babies rejoice!

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Joan-Didion
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