Paid family leave policies are expanding — but are new mothers actually taking time off?

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The recent presidential campaign reminded us that the United States is one of only a handful of countries that doesn’t require companies to provide paid maternity leave.

Maternity leave is important. One of the key reasons is because medical researchers have shown overwhelmingly positive effects when parents are able to spend time with their newborn children.

Fortunately, in the past year a number of major companies announced amazing improvements in...

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