Barack Obama plans to sign a memorandum giving federal workers at least six weeks of paid leave following the birth of a child. This marks one tiny step forward toward the type of paid parental leave that is offered by most developed countries around the globe. The executive action was revealed in a post by White House adviser Valerie Jarrett. This move is part of a wider agenda by the Obama administration to someday offer more paid family leave in the American workplace. Jarrett’s announcement says that the president will urge Congress and state lawmakers to enact paid leave legislation and urge employers to offer the benefits voluntarily.

In the meantime, read our guide HOW TO: Afford Maternity Leave in the United States and see our previous coverage on America’s lack of paid family leave laws here and how the U.S. stacks up against other nations worldwide in this realm here.

via Huffington Post

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