Working parents in the U.S. are faced with a difficult reality from the moment their babies are born: There’s no mandated paid parental leave.

As of now, mothers can take 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act — but that doesn’t include anyone working for a small business or many part-time workers who don’t meet time qualifications. Paid parental leave is even rarer: Only 12 percent of American employees work for companies that offer it, according to the Center for American Progress.


Image Credit: Check out the chart below to see how America stacks up — and what helpful policies other nations are enacting



 Parental Leave Around the World