Okay I have some honest questions.
It is an *insurance* program.
Maybe there should be something like Personal Enrichment Leave.
In the academic world, this is a sabbatical. It is a benefit you acrue after years of service and can take within certain parameters. Not everyone uses it, but it is available for those that choose to do so if they meet the requirements. So the concept is there and there and could be applied to other situations and work environments.
What is the big deal with benefits tied to tax dollars? I am a federal employee - and the govt is the largest employer in the US - so technically ALL of my benefits are paid for with "tax dollars" (including my own I suppose).
This is what California currently offers:
- up to 4 weeks prior to your due date (partially paid)- up to 6 weeks after an uncomplicated vaginal birth (partially paid)- up to 6 weeks of PFL aka bonding time (partially paid)
You can take the PFL within a year of your child's birth/adoption and you don't have to take it all at once.
Why hide your light under a bushel of bears, I ask you?
According to Joy, CA also gets 16 weeks (but only 12 of them are paid): 6 weeks of paid disability, 6 weeks of paid FMLA, and 4 weeks of bonding which is unpaid but job position is held. That's what she got when Alex was born in 2005.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett