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What Small Businesses Get Wrong About Maternity Leave

American women (and men) often bemoan the sorry state of maternity benefits, and understandably so: The U.S. and Papua New Guinea are the only two countries where female workers aren’t guaranteed at least some time off to care for newborn children, while only 5 percent of U.S. companies offer fully paid maternity leave.

Women employed by small businesses in the U.S. have it even worse. The Family Medical Leave Act provides workers 12 weeks of unpaid leave but exempts companies with fewer than 50 workers from complying. That means tens of millions of workers aren’t guaranteed time off after the birth of a child.