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Job Post Bashed as It Gives 2 Weeks’ Paid Parental Leave: ‘Rare Benefit’

A job post online has the internet furious, as it offers two weeks of paid parental leave.

An account under the anonymous username u/MaraJadeSharpie shared a job posting to Reddit’s r/Antiwork forum that has received over 30,000 upvotes and 1,000 comments.

“Proudly listed as a company benefit. Two whole weeks,” exclaimed the original poster (OP).

The job posting read, “Provides two weeks of paid parental leave due to birth or adoption, a rare benefit in the defense industry.”

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Above, a pregnant woman looks out a window. Published to Reddit’s r/Antiwork forum, a job posting was slammed for only offering two weeks of paid parental leave.
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Newsweek has published several articles regarding new parents, including a boss who was slammed online for firing an employee for having a baby, a mom on maternity leave who was urged not to forgive her husband over texts to his co-worker and a new mom who was backed after her work colleague made her feel “lazy” on maternity leave.

What is the difference between maternal and paternal leave?

Maternal leave occurs when a person takes a break from work before giving birth to a child or adopting a baby. Paternal leave is when men adopt a child or have a significant other who recently gives birth, according to legalzoom.com.

However, not all places of work offer a fully paid leave. Sometimes only a portion is paid leave and the rest is unpaid. It can also be made up of vacation and sick days or short-term disability.

In research done by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) in 2020, 55 percent of employers offered paid maternity leave, 45 percent offered paid paternity leave and 35 percent provided paid extended family care leave.

What is FMLA?

As defined by the U.S. Department of Labor, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) entitles eligible employees of covered employers to take unpaid, job-protected leave for specified family and medical reasons with continuation of group health insurance coverage under the same terms and conditions as if the employee had not taken leave.

These employees who are covered are entitled to:

  • 12 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period for the birth of a child, if the employee is adopting a child, to take care of a family member and a serious health condition that makes the employee unable to work.
  • 26 workweeks of leave in a 12-month period to care for a service member.

Redditor reactions

“What’s sad is that most employers provide the standard zero days of paid parental leave, while other countries have 6-12 months,” u/MajesticPension3475 wrote.

“JFC, they just had a baby, not COVID lol. This is trash,” exclaimed u/hauntedhalloween_96.

U/ThePaddyPower commented, “Americans need to strike. World’s most rich country my a**. Parental leave, sick pay, annual leave, healthcare, school shootings etc etc etc. Solidarity with you all – you deserve better.”

U/mynameisbob29 said, “This is only shocking if you’re not american.”

“This is incredibly sad. Parents should have a whole year. While I do not have children, I can still say this time of a newborn is so important for development and bonding. Corporate America is crap,” u/P0rkslice echoed.

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