What’s wrong with the United States? How come we don’t respect our laborers?  Almost every country in the world treats parents who work better than we do.  Thanks Democracy for America for bring attention to this.

What do Swaziland, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and the United States of America have in common? They’re the only countries in the world that don’t mandate any form of paid parental leave for workers.

That’s right: The world’s richest nation has one of the world’s worst parental leave laws — and American families are suffering as a result. In fact, many U.S.-based companies offer generous paid parental leave programs to overseas employees to comply with foreign laws, then turn around and give the very worst benefits packages possible to their employees here in the US.

The good news is that we can change this. Together with Coworker.org, Democracy for America wants to organize to push profitable companies in the U.S. to offer paid parental leave to their employees. But first, we need more information about the parental leave benefits that different employers offer — and that’s where you come in.

In 2012, just 11% of private sector workers in the U.S. had access to paid family leave. Parental leave is seen as such a low priority here that the U.S. Department of Labor doesn’t even publish which employers have paid parental leave programs and which ones don’t.

We want to fight to chip away at a corporate culture that too often leaves families to fend for themselves. But first, we need to know a few things: Which companies currently offer paid parental leave? And how much do they offer?

Since there’s no easy way to access information about employers’ policies regarding paid parental leave, we need your help.

Thanks for joining with us to help working families get the leave they deserve.

- Karli

Karli Wallace Thompson, Campaign Manager
Democracy for America

Filed under: Labor

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