Carly Fiorina On Paid Maternity Leave

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 39 percent of U.S. private-sector workers do not have access to any paid sick days.

What about maternity leave?

Recently, Republican presidential hopeful Carly Fiorina said that she would oppose a government requirement to give workers in the private sector paid maternity or paternity leave.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12% of Americans have access to paid parental leave, which is considered a benefit by employers.

Sources like The Huffington Post or Raw Story are claiming that the US is one of only three countries left in the world that do not guarantee paid maternity / paternity leave.  The others are Papua New Guinea and Oman.

Fiorina, a former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, said the decision should be left to employers.

She pointed to the recent announcement by Netflix that the company would be providing up to a year of paid parental leave to argue that businesses know what’s best for themselves.  Lower-paid workers at Netflix who handle DVDs are not included in the company’s expanded paid leave program, however.

Oddly, Fiorina seemed fine with it when her company offered it when she was the CEO of Hewlett-Packard.  “When I was chief executive of Hewlett-Packard, we also offered paid maternity leave and paid paternity leave.”


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