Brigham Young University Prelaw Review


Parental leave, Paid parental leave, Family law, Pregnancy Discrimination, Postpartum depression, Maternity leave


Despite being one of the most influential countries in the world, the United States is still one of only three developed countries that does not mandate paid parental leave on a federal level. Although some federal legislation does offer unpaid leave, these laws are insufficient to meet the needs of working parents. This paper examines existing parental leave laws to highlight the duration of leave and methods of funding used by some U.S. states and other countries worldwide. We also review multiple studies that demonstrate benefits of paid parental leave for both parents and children. This paper ends with a proposal for a federal mandate that will provide paid parental leave to all working parents in the United States.

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