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■ Business Trends: EMPLOYEE BENEFITS


Business impe rative?


Changing workforce creates more demand for parental leave


Paid parental leave is an especially important employee benefi t for young workers because many are starting families or planning to do so soon.


by M.J. McAteer S


waziland, Lesotho, Papua New Guinea and the United States are literally and


figuratively worlds apart, yet the four countries share a startling distinction. According to a Human Rights Watch report, out of all the


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world’s nations, they alone offer working women no legal right to paid maternity leave. Contrast that lack of support


with Croatia, population 4.2 mil- lion, which has the world’s most generous benefit for working moth-


ers — 406 fully paid days off. Or with Iceland, population 332,000, where each parent gets five months off at 80 percent pay and a further two months off for whichever par- ent chooses to take it, for a total of a year.


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