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How parental leave in Massachusetts stacks up

It’s a choice many moms and dads must face: taking time off to bond with a newborn, or getting a paycheck.


> The United States is 1 of only 3 countries that does not mandate paid maternity leave. The others are Papua New Guinea and Suriname.

> 88.7% — Percentage of US families with at least one working parent

> 59% — Percentage of US workers not covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act, based on their work hours or the size of their company

> C — Grade the National Partnership for Women & Families gave Massachusetts, based on how well the state improves upon the federal law

Diane Keaton played J.C. Wiatt in “Baby Boom.”

> 6 — Number of employees a Massachusetts company must have before the state’s parental leave law kicks in (versus the threshold of 50 under the federal family leave act)


> 8 — Number of weeks of unpaid leave a new mother or father is allowed in Massachusetts

> 8 — Combined number of weeks of leave parents in Massachusetts are allowed if they work at the same company

> 24 — Number of hours of leave allotted annually to employees in Massachusetts to attend their children’s school events or to take them to routine medical appointments

> Netflix, Twitter, Facebook, and Google are considered to have some of the most generous corporate leave policies. Netflix, for example, provides new parents paid leave for up to a year.

> “I can’t have a baby because I have a 12:30 lunch meeting.” — Diane Keaton’s character, J.C. Wiatt, in Baby Boom

Sources: Entrepreneur.com; US Department of Labor; National Conference of State Legislatures; NationalPartnership.org; TechRepublic.com; The Washington Post. Send comments to magazine@globe.com.

This story has been updated to correct the description of the Massachusetts law that allows parents to take time off for their children’s school activities and medical appointments.