Do You Know Your Company’s Maternity Leave Policy? Submit it to This Tumblr.
The U.S. has some of the worst family leave policies in the world.
Portrait of a pregnant lady who probably didn’t have paid maternity leave either (because she was as rich as God, probably). Image via Wikimedia Commons/attributed to artist Marcus Gheeraerts.
The U.S. has some of the most pitiful family leave laws—in fact, it’s only one of four countries in the entire world that does not offer paid leave for new mothers (other countries are Papua New Guinea, Lesotho, and Swaziland). So, because there are no laws enforcing paid leave and other pretty basic benefits, family leave policies tend to vary wildly from company to company, based on the whims of the company’s leadership.
A new Tumblr is asking people to send in their company’s policies anonymously. Called Having it Some, the blog already features a number of policies from employers all over the U.S. like Occidental College, Upworthy, and the ACLU. There are even some submissions that reveal how some small and/or new organizations don’t even have formal family leave or maternity leave policies, and were compelled to draw some up for pregnant or expectant employees (this one comes from someone who works at a DC-based reproductive health organization).