The United States is the only industrialized country that does not guarantee paid parental leave for employees, and the topic is widely discussed by the public. It is often discussed in terms of both public health policy and economics. Doctors recommend at least three months of leave for the health of the baby, but this does not cover economic questions. What length of time allows parents, especially women, to successfully reintegrate into the workforce? What kind of policy won’t de-incentivize companies from hiring women in the first place? Is there such a thing as too long parental leave?
Interim Dean of the School of Public Health, Will Dow, joined AirTalk on KPCC as a guest to discuss these questions and concerns.