Family Leave: Why Does the U.S. Lag Behind?

PBS NewsHour recently reached out to the Families and Work Institute to have our experts join a Twitter chat the news organization was doing on family leave. maternityleave-1024x768

k-matos-head-b&wThe Institute’s Senior Director of Research Dr. Kenneth Matos was a key tweeter on the chat sharing his insights on why family leave and family-friendly policies in general need to move beyond just moms, and how such practices are a win win for employers and employees.

Here’s a sampling of Matos’ tweets:

@NewsHour Parental leave about more than recovering from childbirth. About adapting family to raise next gen of society. #NewsHourChats

@NewsHour Q4: Families are bigger than Mom/Dad: There’s Dads, Moms, Grands, Aunts/Uncles raising children & caring for family #NewsHourChats

@NewsHour Q3: Discussions of family leave must be about families not just mothers or the solutions will not be as effective #NewsHourChats

@NewsHour Q3: If both parents involved the conversation changes from “working mothers” to supporting our nation’s families #NewsHourChats

Check out an overview of the topic from PBS Newshour, and a wrap up of the tweetchat here.

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