Report: USA’s Maternity Leave Doesn’t Rank Well.

A Harvard/McGill University study found that of the 181 nations whose maternity leave laws they studied, the United States, along with Papua New Guinea and Swaziland were the only ones “that don’t guarantee working mothers [maternity] leave with compensation” which the study’s authors said costs the nations in “lost productivity and health risks for children,” reported Bloomberg News.

 

Robert Drago, research director at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research told Bloomberg, “If we don’t make motherhood and work compatible, there are long-term economic losses” including on the “earning power lost when women have to interrupt work and costs when employers have to find and train replacements.” (February 2011)