U.S. behind the world on parental leave: report

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The United States is decades behind the rest of the world in parental leave policy, a Human Rights Watch report said on Wednesday.

Of the 190 countries studied in the report, 178 guaranteed paid leave for new mothers and nine were unclear about their maternity policies. Just three countries clearly offer no legal guarantee of paid maternity leave — Papua New Guinea, Swaziland and the United States.

“Being an outlier is nothing to be proud of in a case like this,” said Janet Walsh, deputy women’s rights director of Human Rights Watch and the author of the report.

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