Which Countries Do Not Have Paid Parental Leave Laws?


The United States is in some pretty depressing company. Apparently we don’t think bringing a new life into the world merits any paid time off. Neither does Liberia, which also wants to make homosexuality punishable by death.

Image from Families for Conscious Living.


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Annmari Lundin
Annmari Lundin5 years ago

US in the backwater again? How surprising!

ryan b.
Ryan B5 years ago

With the state that our earth is in, why do people want to bring more life into it? If you do, fine. Stay home with that child and be a parent. If you don't want kids, fine. Stay at your job outside the home. Be a good parent in the home or a good worker outside the home. The problem with trying to be both is that it doesn't work very well. You can see this with the actions of kids in public and lack of punishment for those actions. I know there are good parents that work outside the home too, but more times than not, that is not the case. You leaving from your outside job to have a kid only puts more pressure on your co-workers and your company. Talk about selfishness.

Lynn C.
Lynn C5 years ago

Pretty graphic, isn't it.

Shel G.
Shel G5 years ago

I side with the posters here who don't agree with paid parental leave. It's the responsibility of people having children to make plans and adjustments to accommodate the needs of their kids, not the responsibility of an employer and their fellow employees! What about the impact not only on the business - of paying someone during this time off - but also on fellow employees who must cover for absent staff? Why should one child-free employee work twice as hard so that her fellow employee can take time off to have kids? Or, if the employer provides coverage for the absent employee - why should the staff that aren't taking time off share the cost (in reduced wages) of the absent employee? What about the employee who has several babies in quick succession - that can lead to YEARS of being paid to stay at home taking care of her own children. It's hardly fair.

Yes, we all have to share these costs if an employee gets ill. Illness is inevitable. Pregnancy isn't.

Amanda M.
Amanda M5 years ago

The lawmakers in this country should be ASHAMED of themselves! We are getting more and more ass-backwards compared to the rest of the world, and it's DISGUSTING. Absolutely pathetic!

Diana S.
Diana S5 years ago

Employment, whether unions are involved or not, is an implied contract whereby the employer buys certain hours of the employees life to be used exclusively to promote the employer's business, in exchange for a certain amount of money.

I am a firm believer that an employee's personal life and personal decisions do NOT belong in the workplace, just as I am a firm believer that an employer's political preferences, or religious beliefs ALSO do NOT belong in the workplace!

I sell you forty hours a week (more or less) out of my life to do YOUR business, and you pay me for my time. And if someone else is willing to pay me more to do something I find LESS heinous and reprehensible than you, I'm gone, and you can replace me. By the same token, if I cannot or will not do what I am being paid to do for your company, you can fire me. No argument there.

But when YOU are expected to pay me for my personal decisions about my personal life, or I am expected to contribute to YOUR political party or candidate, or I am expected to attend the church of YOUR choice (and drop my pennies into the offering plate), the system FAILS!!!

Work and personal life should not mix. PERIOD!

Charles P.
Charles P5 years ago

Remember the conservative blond on Fox reaming out the guy (gallagher) who questioned her and made fun of her after she returned from FML for childbirth? Just a year or so prior to that she was decrying government involvement in that sort of thing. Whose ox is getting gored?

joe M.
joe MARTINEZ5 years ago

Luvenia: I was taught in management school that if you treat a man like a dog, he'll bite you back when you least expect it, generally when your back is up against the wall. Happy employees are the most productive, never late and take less sick days off. Your biggest assets are your employees. Lastly, the definition of management is, " a manager that can motivate a person to perform a task affectively that he dislike".

Daniela B.
Daniela B.5 years ago

Image aside. It's not just about having that time covered. Here in Argentina we have 3 month and it means that you HAVE to leave work a month before the estimated time of birth leaving you only with two months after the ETOB, if by any chance it delays you have even less time with your newborn. The quality of the coverage should be taken into consideration too.

Troy G.
Troy Grant5 years ago

Does this encourage having more children in an overpopulated world? With economic democracy and an end to rampant consumerism, Americans would not have to work so many days and would have time for our kids, as nature intends.