San Francisco has it, California has it, Europe has had it for years (16 weeks at 70 percent of full pay in France, for example), but Massachusetts is grotesquely deficient in this important indicator for economic competitiveness and the ability to attract employers and employees. NYT:
San Francisco on Tuesday became the first city in the United States to approve six weeks of fully paid leave for new parents — mothers and fathers, including same-sex couples, who either bear or adopt a child.
California is already one of only a few states that offer paid parental leave, with workers receiving 55 percent of their pay for six weeks, paid for by employee-financed public disability insurance. The new law in San Francisco, passed unanimously by the city’s Board of Supervisors, mandates full pay, with the 45 percent difference being paid by employers.
The sooner, the better for the common wealth.