San Francisco: The First American City to Authorize Fully Paid Parental Leave
San Francisco has been ranked as 1st American city to order employers give fully paid parental leave. It has been hoped that this progressive law will overlay the way for rules all over the country.
America is the single developed country which doesn’t offer paid parental or maternity leave to its employees. San Francisco’s adopted this legislation this Tuesday, and is considered a vital step towards bringing the republic up to speed with all those developed countries which are offering paid leave regulations, which according to experts carry marvelous health benefits for children and parents.
California is among those 5 states who offer paid family leave program at least on books. However San Francisco’s bill – approved universally after followers assembled on the City Hall steps– is far more progressive than recent US regulations by authorizing that businesses pay fathers and mothers full salary in a 6-week leave period.
Under the paid leave program of California, workers are allowed to receive 6 weeks of partial pay that comprises of 55pc of their pay; in order to take time off for looking after their newborns, including foster and adopted children. Employee payroll contributions are used to fund the time off.
By now from, the law of San Francisco will complement the state law, instructing that firms with more than 49 employees give the rest of 45pc of employees’ salaries for a 6-week leave. For the business comprising of 20 or more workers, the law will in phases.
New Jersey in 2009; approved the policy of 6-week paid leave and Rhode Island authorized a 4-week strategy in. The state of Washington also holds similar laws, but it has not implemented them yet.
New York last week signed a law which is considered to be the most extensive in America, with an authorized 12 weeks paid leave; however the restructurings will take time and primarily will just cover 50pc of an employee’s average salary.
At one hand, many labor groups are rejoicing this progress in New York and San Francisco while on the other hand; many groups are still complaining rendering to the fact that every developed country offers a minimum of 12 weeks paid leave for expectant and new mothers – with 39 weeks in the UK and 18 weeks in Australia. Sweden being most generous, offers 480 days’ paid leave to parents. Activists also criticize that fully paid leave are comparatively more justifiable, because rendering to California’s current regulation, low-income class can’t have enough money to take benefit of their off time.
People are hopeful that the policy approved by San Francisco, despite of attracting some opposition, could assist a cultural shift in America.