The arguments over whether companies can afford to offer paid maternity leave go on, but the evidence that what is good for working families is also good for business continues to stack up. In addition to the experience of businesses who do offer paid leave, we must consider that the U.S. is alone as a developed nation that does not mandate paid parental leave. And yet, the other countries are not bankrupt.
Family leave can mean many things to many people. Whether it's the joy of having a new family member in your life, such as the birth of a child, or the sadness of having a sick or ailing family member you need to care for, such as a parent or spouse with cancer, family leave is a very important benefit in any work environment. What happens, though, when it becomes resented by co-workers?