During the election, Donald Trump announced a proposed Maternity Leave plan which has drawn both praise and critique. What Trump has proposed is six weeks of partially paid maternity leave benefits.
PROS – This new plan triples the average paid leave available to new mothers.
CONS – This plan appears to only be available to new moms who give birth. Ivanka Trump has been quoted as saying. “It’s meant to benefit, whether it’s in same-sex marriages as well, the mother who has given birth to the child if they have legal married status under the tax code.” This raises a question of single moms, new dads or parents who adopt being excluded.
What isn’t clear is how the bill would be funded. President-elect Trump claims that by rooting out unemployment insurance fraud, there will be funds to support the paid leave plan. But it seems that appropriate family leave plans must be developed at the state level.
California, New Jersey and Rhode Island already have paid family leave insurance programs. These states have set up their program by having workers make payroll deductions to be deposited into a statewide fund. When employees need the time, they are paid through the fund.
According to www.Time.com, the United States is the only developed nation that does not ensure a parent can be home with a new child.
This is an issue that we will continue to watch, as it will affect employees and employers. If you have questions or concerns about the new policies, call the professionals at Niroc Consultants