Mothers in the USA risk losing their jobs if they stay home longer than 12 weeks after having given birth. Most pregnant American women work until their due date to save their holiday pay and take paid vacation to stay home with their newborn
The law currently offers new mothers just three months maternity leave. But local health organizations are beginning to highlight the benefits of more time off, despite protests from employers.
Some Rwandan women could soon be entitled to longer maternity leave at the expense of the state. This could set an example elsewhere. In many parts of Africa, genuine maternity leave simply doesn't exist.
Beginning next year, full-time Facebook employees around the globe will be entitled to four months paid parental leaves. The social network currently offers just four weeks leave to employees outside the United States.
Heiner Geissler has died from a serious illness at his home in Gleisweiler, Rhineland-Palatinate. He served as secretary general of the Christian Democrats from 1977 and 1989.
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