Parental leave is so rare in the US that Hobby Lobby’s CEO didn’t even know if he offered it

Posted: May 30, 2017 in Uncategorized

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As of last year, just 13% of US workers received at least part of their paychecks for a period after a child is born. Mothers are more likely than fathers to receive paid time off, but that gap is narrowing. In retail, with a workforce that’s often part-time and paid hourly, only 7% of workers have access to paid parental leave.

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(Source: www.businessinsider.sg)

Last month, David Green, the CEO of the craft retailer Hobby Lobby, came to Business Insider’s office to promote a book called “Giving it All Away,” in which he writes at length about generosity in business and in life.

Green is an evangelical Christian, and Hobby Lobby famously sued the US government so that it would stop paying for four contraceptives that Green believes cause abortions. He won.

When we asked him whether Hobby Lobby offers parental leave, he was stumped. “I don’t think so,” Green said. “We offer a lot of things.”

It turns out Hobby Lobby does not have a dedicated parental-leave plan. And it’s not a surprise. Paid parental leave, already a rarity in the US, is even harder to find in the retail sector.

“It may be typical, but it’s certainly not acceptable when you think about what it is that working…

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  1. futuret says:

    I BELIEVE IN PEOPLE BEING AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE DEPENDED ON THEMSELVES, INDEPENDENCE IS THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE ANYONE FROM ONE HUMAN BEING TO ANOTHER. THIS PARENTAL LEAVE IS A JOKE, IT IS ONLY FOR THE RICH, TRUMP IS CUTTING ONE TRILLION DOLLARS IN MEDICAID COST, ONLY TO GIVE TO IVANKA’S 25 BILLLION DOLLAR PARENTAL LEAVE. TRUE MEDICAID NEEDS REFORM. ONLY PEOPLE BELOW INCOME SHOULD BE ALLOWED TO HAVE. THERE SHOULD BE A PUBLIC AND PRIVATE INSURANCE OPTIONS. THERE IS SOMETHING NO ONE IN THE HELL HAS BEEN TALKING ABOUT, DOCTORS PERFORMING PROCEDURES THAT ARE NOT NEEDED; ALTHOUGH, TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS LAB TESTS OF NATURE CAN BE PREFORMED, AND DOCTORS DOUBLE BILLING, THERE IS CORRUPTION IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION THAT ARE NOT BEING ADDRESSED. FURTHERMORE, WHY ARE NOT THE DOCTORS IN MASSES MARCHING UP TO WASHINGTON, D.C., AND IN THE HELL PROTESTING THEMSELVES AGAINST THE SYSTEM. WHY??? THE DOCTORS ARE JUST AS CORRUPT AS THE POLITICIANS. THESE ARE THE FACTS TOO.

  2. There is one group of doctors, Physicians for a National Health Program, that is marching and getting arrested for demanding health care for all. Here’s a The Tennessean article about president Dr Carol Paris’s most recent scuffle with the police: http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/2017/03/15/protester-interrupts-trump-rally/99235092/

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