Two countries don’t guarantee paid maternity leave: Papua New Guinea—and the USA!

American (and Papua New Guinean) exceptionalism

Catherine Rampell

You’ve probably heard that the United States is one of a handful of countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave. Turns out, as a result of some laws recently passed abroad, we now appear to be one of just two countries without this policy. That’s according to the latestInternational Labor Organization report on maternity leave, which refers to 2013 data from 185 countries and territories. See the countries in pink below:

 

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