Maternity leave?

Report: 23% of moms return to work less than two weeks after giving birth

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A new analysis of statistics from the Department of Labor reveals that nearly one-quarter of new moms return to work within two weeks of having given birth. The research focused on 2,852 people who took leave from their jobs in 2012. Of those people surveyed, 93 were women who had taken maternity leave. Twelve percent of those women reported taking a week or less off following the birth of their babies, and 11 percent took between one and two weeks off. One other trend the report highlighted was that lower-paying jobs either offered less maternity time, or mothers who worked them were less likely to take it — a contrast to higher paying jobs at more prestigious companies, several of which have been sweetening the parental leave times they offer lately. Most notably Netflix upped paid maternity and paternity leave to a full year for employees.

Read the full story at The Huffington Post.

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