The Issue Of Paid Time Off Essay

1157 Words Jul 19th, 2015 5 Pages
One of the issues that companies and HR professionals have to deal with today is the issue of paid time off as more employees desire to obtain a better work-life balance. One of the most common times for employees to need paid time off is after the birth or adoption of a child. While some companies provide a period of paid time off there is no federal law insuring that all new parents have time to spend caring for their new child.
The Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 allows parents to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave without the threat of losing their job. This provided they work for a company with at least fifty employees. For many new parents missing a pay check for several weeks is not a viable option. Going without a salary for that length of time is impossible for many young families; especially at a time when expenses are higher with a new child.
The United States is one of the only developed nations not providing some type of guaranteed paid leave. Most nations provide at least a minimum of 6 weeks for new mothers and additional time off for both parents at a percentage of their normal salary (as low as 50 percent and can be capped) for an additional 6 weeks or in some cases up to three years (Jabinsky). Other nations look at this time off as an investment into the future of their nation. Most US companies are only looking at the cost and worrying about the inconvenience to companies of missing key employees for a length of time.
With the cost to companies…

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