For many parents, paid leave and work-family support after childbirth or adoption have a significant effect on their families’ health and financial well-being. Yet, the level of support depends largely on where you live.
Mercer’s 2013 Worldwide Benefit & Employment Guidelines includes parental leave policies in 64 countries around the world — policies that evolve over time to keep pace with changing social and economic needs. The report also covers a broad range of the most pressing issues in mandatory and private benefit practices, statutory regulations, and employment conditions worldwide.
“All countries in Mercer’s report provide some level of parental leave, but the scope of difference can be quite astounding,” said Samantha Polovina, the Mercer Principal responsible for the report. “For example, one country may mandate a few days or weeks of leave, while another allows four years — much of it paid.”