Just in time for Father’s Day, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced on Tuesday a new paternity leave policy for some of his employees: new dads, like new moms at the company, will now get 12 months of fully paid leave.
Though many U.S. states and companies require or offer paid maternity and paternity leaves, paid parental leaves are not mandated by federal U.S. law, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO). Under the Family and Medical Act of 1993, employers are required to offer a minimum of 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave, but there’s no such U.S. rule for new dads.
What about in the rest of the world? In the map above, light red indicates that a country’s national laws include maternity leave but not paternity leave. Dark red indicates the country’s national laws include both maternity and paternity leave. (Leave information comes from a 2014 ILO report on parental leave.)
For maternity leave, out of 185 surveyed countries and territories, only two — the U.S. and Papua New Guinea — do not provide maternity leave with legal provisions for cash benefits, according to the ILO. However, the ILO notes that the duration of and pay offered during leave time varies wildly by country.
Paternity leave is far less common: At least 79 countries’ national laws include paternity leave entitlements, nearly all of which are paid. The duration of the paid leaves vary greatly as well, but all are far shorter than maternity leaves, ranging from 1 day of full pay in Tunisia to 90 days of 80% pay in Iceland.
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