No laughing matter

John Oliver blasts unpaid family leave in U.S.


Comedian John Oliver took aim at the absence of paid family leave in the U.S. this week on his show Last Week Tonight. Oliver’s segment lamented that after childbirth, federal law grants workers just 12 weeks of unpaid leave, and only under certain conditions—you have to work for a company with 50+ employees, have been there for more than one year, and be a salaried employee. With those stipulations, 40% of workers in the U.S. are not covered. Pointing out that women who take leave often do so by using vacation and sick time, Oliver cracked that “mothers shouldn’t have to stitch together time to recover from childbirth the same way that we plan 4-day weekends in Atlantic City.”


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