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New Mother’s Day Report Recognizes Some Advances But Gives Most States Poor Grades for Failing to Adopt Policies that Help New Parents in the Workforce

May 9, 2012 Comments off
Source:   National Partnership for Women & Families
A new state-by-state analysis released for Mother’s Day shows how little the nation supports and protects employed mothers and fathers when a new child arrives. The report, Expecting Better: A State-by-State Analysis of Laws that Help New Parents, is the most comprehensive analysis to date of state laws and regulations governing paid leave and workplace rights for new parents in the United States. It finds that no state is doing all it could to support new parents.

The analysis was conducted by the National Partnership for Women & Families. The full report, which includes grades for all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on the enactment of select laws that expand upon federal leave and workplace protections, can be found here. Expecting Better gave only California and Connecticut grades of “A-.” Eight states earned a grade of “B;” seven states earned a grade of “C;’ and 14 states earned a grade of “D.” Eighteen states received failing grades for having enacted no leave or other workplace policies at all to help new parents who are in the workforce, beyond the protections provided by federal law.

Full Report (PDF)

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