Paid Paternity Leave: Paying For Future Generations

By Danae King
The Lima News, Ohio.


When Kristina Healy had her children, she wasn’t thinking about how she would pay her bills but instead the transition she and her family were going through.

She was able to relax and experience a new time in their lives, instead of worrying about not getting paid.

That’s because her employers helped pay for her time off, so she could go through the transition almost seamlessly.

Healy, who now works at The Ohio State University’s Lima campus, got six weeks of paid leave for two of her three children. She had the other while in graduate school.

She might be an exception, though, getting paid time off for childbirth or adoption.

A national policy mandates that employees get 12 unpaid weeks during each 12 month period for family or medical leave if they’re eligible, including the birth or adoption of a child.

Some companies and local governments are trying to do more for employees and pay them for some of the parental leave they may need. The reasons vary, including retaining and attracting talent, encouraging loyalty and attempting to increase productivity when an employee is at work.

Healy wasn’t surprised that OSU offered her paid time off when she had a child.

“I guess in my mind, everywhere I’ve worked has provided leave to me,” said Healy, who worked at a physician’s office when she had her second child.

Little did she know, she’s been luckier than many.

About 39 percent of workers report that they were able to take some type of paid leave for the birth of a child, according to a survey included in a June 2014 study by the executive office of the President of the United States called “The Economics of Paid and Unpaid Leave.”

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