Parental Leave and its nuances may change and possibly alter your career in some way. Who knows, maybe parental leave benefits will wane? We can’t say until we know for sure the stance our government will take. My return guest, Scott Behson parses some of what we know to date, and how parental leave is a viable option for America. Will it affect your career aspirations, plans, and goals? Probably. Listen how you can make sense of it for your career.
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Today’s guest, Scott Behson is a professor of management at Fairleigh Dickinson University. He has a doctorate in Organizational Studies, and blogs at Fathers, Work, and Family. He is a regular contributor to the Harvard Business Review, Time, Wall Street Journal. He’s the author of The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home.
- Scott mentions the push for a national parental leave policy. California is the first to adopt 12 or 13 years, then Rhode Island, and recently, New York
- The ideal program would allow a tax to pay into a plan. If you travel to another state that has the program, you will qualify.
- Program–it’s like disability insurance or unemployment insurance
E.g., “..the maximum in New Jersey that anyone could get takenout of their paycheck in a given year is twenty-eight dollars. And it funds an insurance system where you could take in New Jersey up to six weeks of Family leave, and you get wage replacement up to a certain amount that is paid out of the insurance funds.”
- Scott continues to say,
“…this is not money that comes out of an employer’s pocket just the employer has to give you the time off and youknow to guarantee your job upon your return.”
- Under the Family Medical Leave Act–Only 60% of Americans are covered
- Why can’t we have the same level of benefits like the United Kingdom, Canada, or Australia who are similar to our culture
- Many companies see paid parental leave as a way to attract good employees while other companies don’t look at employees in the same way