Friday, April 20, 2007

Another Reason to Move to Canada (Proposed)

While bureaucrats in the United States sit around thinking of ways to gut the pathetically weak (by global standards) Family and Medical Leave Act (which provides for 12 weeks of unpaid leave), word comes down from Canada that paid parental leave really ought to be extended ... to two-and-a-half years. Right now, parents can split 50 weeks of leave, and a new report from the Ministerial Advisory Committee on the Government of Canada's Child Care Spaces Initiative suggests that that number should be bumped to 18 months per parent, and then to two-years-plus.

There are no plans to implement such a measure yet, but the fact that it's being discussed seriously just to the north makes me almost misty-eyed.

(Thanks to Clint for the tip.)


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