In Focus: Trump’s Paid Parental Leave Plan Excludes Fathers, Parents Who Adopt


Dana Wilkie By Dana Wilkie November 9, 2016
In Focus: Trump’s Paid Parental Leave Plan Excludes Fathers, Parents Who Adopt

In September, Donald Trump unveiled several policy proposals for lowering child-care costs that were crafted in part by his eldest daughter, Ivanka, including a plan to guarantee six weeks of paid maternity leave that marks a striking departure from GOP orthodoxy.

The president-elect's proposal applies to new mothers after childbirth. New fathers and parents who adopt would not be eligible for the leave. A document on the Trump campaign's website states same-sex couples would receive the six weeks of paid leave under the policy only if their marriage is "recognized under state law."

Trump will first have to contend with conservatives in Congress, who have long seen a mandated expansion of the social safety net as anathema to their attempts to shrink government spending and give companies more control over their leave policies.

When Trump unveiled his proposal, campaign officials said it wouldn't cost taxpayers anything; instead, they said, it would be financed through savings achieved by eliminating fraud in the unemployment insurance program. The plan would apply to mothers and would not be transferable to fathers.

(Washington Post)


Donald Trump's paid maternity leave plan might exclude single mothers

Donald Trump's paid maternity leave proposal is vague about who would be eligible, labor policy experts say, and includes a provision that possibly could exclude one of the country's most economically vulnerable groups: single mothers. In addition, it does not extend to new fathers, parents who adopt, nor those who have children through surrogacy. When pressed about the plan, a Trump campaign spokesman said the policy would extend to single mothers, although he could not explain why a marriage requirement is cited on the campaign's website and in an Ivanka Trump interview.

(Washington Post)

How a Trump Upset Could Reshape Benefits

After Donald Trump's surprising upset in the presidential race, the question for employers is: Just what will a President Trump mean for healthcare and employee benefits?



New President, New Workplace?

Public-policy issues affecting paid parental leave, immigration reform, tax reform and compensation equity will play a key role in shaping the national landscape now that Donald Trump is president-elect.

(SHRM Online)

SHRM Survey Finds Difference in Maternity and Paternity Paid Leave That Reinforces Gender Roles

New research from the Society for Human Resource Management shows that, on average, women receive almost twice as much paid parental leave after the birth of a child as men.

(SHRM Online )


Facebook, Coca-Cola, Braun Medical Offer Paid Parental Leave Tips

When it comes to developing a paid parental leave program, there's no option that works for every employer. Organization size, industry, workforce population and average age of employees all affect what might be affordable and appropriate for a given company.

(SHRM Online)

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