Some Wealthy Nations Provide Little, No Government-Supported Family Leave, UNICEF Report Says

Thomson Reuters Foundation: Richest countries skimp on parental leave: UNICEF
“Some of the wealthiest nations in the world provide little or no government-supported maternity or paternity leave for new parents, a United Nations report said on Thursday. Using 2016 data from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Eurostat, and research articles, the study ranked 41 high- and middle-income countries across the OECD and European Union on family-friendly practices. … Of the 41 countries surveyed, about half offered six months or more paid leave for mothers, the minimum length UNICEF advocated for in the report…” (Ryan, 6/12).

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