Maternity Leave in America: Background information when reading The Golden State

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The Golden State

by Lydia Kiesling

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Maternity Leave in America

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Delfina and Dimas, a painting of a mother and child by Diego RiveraEarly on in The Golden State, Daphne details the havoc wrought upon her life by her university job's standard maternity leave policy, per state regulations: "six weeks off at 50 percent of your salary."

Surprisingly, her California university's meager policy ranks among the best in the nation. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 affords eligible Americans 12 weeks of unpaid leave under federal law. It guarantees them zero weeks of paid leave. As of July 2018, the National Partnership for Women and Families reports that only four states have paid family leave insurance laws in place: California, New Jersey, Rhode Island and New York. The amount of leave granted by these states ranges from four weeks (Rhode Island) to eight weeks (New York). Massachusetts, Washington and the District of Columbia plan to implement equally modest insurance laws in upcoming years, and as with the other states, the paid leave will be funded by withholding a small percentage of ...

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