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COMPANY CULTURE / MAR. 21, 2015
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How Parental Leave Differs Around the Globe

A British employment law firm released an infographic recently showing how paid maternity and paternity leave varies for certain countries around the globe.

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Researchers from Citation listed the top ten countries that had the best and worst parental benefits for both mothers and fathers.

For new mothers, the country of Croatia provides paid maternity leave for up to 406 days. The United States and Swaziland were two of the worst countries for mothers—giving only 84 days of leave, all of which aren’t compensated.

In the case of fathers in Iceland, they typically get 91 days of paid paternity leave. Norway follows not too far behind with 70 days. Countries like South Africa, Algeria, and Djibouti only give three paid days to new fathers.

As you can see from a few examples, the inequality between paternity and maternity leave is very prevalent around the world.

Legislation across the globe is working towards a fair share of parental leave, where men would especially be given as much time as needed to attend to their fatherly responsibilities.

In many different countries, traditional gender roles are still very much present in the family household.

It’s a given that women will need more time off during the pregnancy and after the baby’s birth. Mothers are always granted more time to recover but, at times, fathers are expected to be there with their mate just as long.

Surprisingly, 86 percent of men wish to receive better paternity leave benefits, even if they’re only getting paid 70 percent of their salary.

While working is essential not only for the worker but also to the economy, legislation is taking into consideration the importance of family obligations. Most aim to find a balance between work and family life by fairly distributing parental leave between a mother and father.

The UK is one country that is taking steps towards equally allocating parental responsibilities. It plans to implement new Shared Parental Leave Regulations in which both parents will be able to share a 50-week period together.

See also: How to Make the Most Out of Parental Leave

The infographic provided further details some key points of how maternal and paternal employment benefits differ around the world.

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