Maternity Leaves Around the World
Ever wonder how much time and money parents around the world are entitled to when they have a baby? According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the average is 18 weeks of paid leave.
The countries that provide the most paid maternity leave by law include:
- the Czech Republic – 28 weeks;
- Hungary – 24 weeks;
- Italy – 5 months;
- Canada – 17 weeks;
- Spain and Romania – 16 weeks each;
- Denmark, Norway, and Sweden all provide extensive paid leave which may be taken by either parent, although a portion is reserved for the mother.
In the United States, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993 provided a total of 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for the birth of a child and the care of the newborn. FMLA applies only to workers in companies with 50 or more workers.
Some individual US states and possessions, however, do provide for paid maternity benefits, including Rhode Island, Hawaii, New Jersey, California, New York and Puerto Rico.
Click on the links below to find out just how well Canada compares.