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January 16, 2014 | By Michelle Maltais
When I was waddling through the L.A. Times newsroom last fall very pregnant, the issue that weighed most on me had little to do with my actual baby bump. It was whether I could afford to take all the time I needed to bond with and care for my daughter in her very early development and still support my family financially. When it comes to maternity leave, the U.S. is by no means a leader. That blessed time off from work when parents learn and stumble through all of those unbelievably unnatural "natural instincts" varies greatly from country to country . Canadians can get up to 50 weeks of leave at up to 45% of pay. The Danes and Serbs can take 52 weeks at full pay. The Swedes offer the most paid time off, 60 weeks at 80% of pay. (More in the infographic below.)
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SPORTS
March 17, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
Meanwhile, back at the ranch … While the Dodgers were preparing to land in Australia on Tuesday, back at Camelback Ranch some of the players they left behind were back at work Monday. Right-hander Zack Greinke tested his sore calf, apparently without problem against a Class-A Padres team. He threw four scoreless innings, allowing just one hit. The Dodgers said he used all his pitches, had one fielding play and covered first base on another. He threw 42 pitches, 32 for strikes.
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NEWS
June 30, 1985 | Associated Press
A father whose right to take unpaid paternity leave from his job has been upheld says other men should follow suit to "find out what they've been missing." Stephen Ondera, 36, a customer service representative for Commonwealth Edison Co., is entitled to the same right as any working woman to take parental leave, according to a consent decree signed Friday by his employer and the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
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January 16, 2014 | By Michelle Maltais
When I was waddling through the L.A. Times newsroom last fall very pregnant, the issue that weighed most on me had little to do with my actual baby bump. It was whether I could afford to take all the time I needed to bond with and care for my daughter in her very early development and still support my family financially. When it comes to maternity leave, the U.S. is by no means a leader. That blessed time off from work when parents learn and stumble through all of those unbelievably unnatural "natural instincts" varies greatly from country to country . Canadians can get up to 50 weeks of leave at up to 45% of pay. The Danes and Serbs can take 52 weeks at full pay. The Swedes offer the most paid time off, 60 weeks at 80% of pay. (More in the infographic below.)
BUSINESS
March 9, 1992 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The expectant father walked into his boss's office planning to take advantage of a new paternity leave policy. The reaction he got was deflating. "I know you're entitled to parental leave, but take vacation days instead," said the manager, advising him not as a boss but as a friend. "If you take a leave, you'll be branded around here forever as uncommitted." The story, which a congressional panel heard last summer from fathers' advocate James A.
NEWS
April 10, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it a busman's paternity leave. British Prime Minister Tony Blair says that when his 45-year-old wife, Cherie Booth, gives birth to their fourth child next month, he will go into "holiday mode" for a time, canceling public engagements but otherwise running the country. Any parent knows that having a newborn is no holiday, so Blair's announcement Sunday sounded a little implausible. Like having your baby and sleeping too. Or like taking paternity leave and not taking it.
NEWS
June 16, 1991 | BARBARA GOLDBERG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jeff Sieglen quit his marketing job to stay home and raise two sons while his wife works as a physician. But try telling that to his old pals at work. "Even now," he said, "the guys I used to work with ask me, 'So what are you really doing?' I keep telling them I'm staying home with the kids. That's my job. That's what I do. "They say, 'Uh-huh, but what are you really doing?' " Small wonder his friends are confused.
BUSINESS
August 18, 1991 | BARBARA GOLDBERG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jeff Sieglen quit his marketing job to stay home and rear two sons while his wife works as a doctor. But try telling that to his old pals at work. "Even now," he said, "the guys I used to work with ask me, 'So what are you really doing?' I keep telling them I'm staying home with the kids. That's my job. That's what I do. "They say: 'Uh huh. But what are you really doing?' " Small wonder his friends are confused.
NEWS
June 20, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, Times Staff Writer
So, you think you're a pretty tough guy. Maybe you've run a marathon or two. Maybe you pump some iron or throw some leather in the boxing ring. Want to really test your steel? Try a challenge that a small but growing number of courageous men have taken up: paternity leave. Each year, about half a million men take some time off to care for a child.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Shan Li
Nearly doubling maternity leave in Norway had little long-term effect on children's school performance, parent's income or the labor participation of women, a new study found. Extending paid leave for new Norwegian mothers to 35 weeks to 18 weeks ultimately led to "large increases in public spending" with a "considerable increase in taxes," according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found that maternity leave disproportionately benefited women from more affluent families since the program pays larger sums to people with higher incomes.
BUSINESS
November 6, 2013 | By Shan Li
Nearly doubling maternity leave in Norway had little long-term effect on children's school performance, parent's income or the labor participation of women, a new study found. Extending paid leave for new Norwegian mothers to 35 weeks to 18 weeks ultimately led to "large increases in public spending" with a "considerable increase in taxes," according to a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research. The study found that maternity leave disproportionately benefited women from more affluent families since the program pays larger sums to people with higher incomes.
BUSINESS
April 30, 2013 | By Ricardo Lopez
In a bid to bring Yahoo Inc. more in line with competitors such as Google and Facebook, Chief Executive Marissa Mayer has expanded the company's family leave policy.  Yahoo said Tuesday that Mayer has doubled maternity leave and extended paternity leave to eight weeks.  " We've been very focused on making Yahoo! the absolute best place to work," a Yahoo representative said in an emailed statement. "Over the last several months, we've introduced new benefits like free food to make Yahoos' days easier, new smartphones to encourage innovation, and updated computers to speed productivity," the statement said.
NEWS
April 10, 2000 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Call it a busman's paternity leave. British Prime Minister Tony Blair says that when his 45-year-old wife, Cherie Booth, gives birth to their fourth child next month, he will go into "holiday mode" for a time, canceling public engagements but otherwise running the country. Any parent knows that having a newborn is no holiday, so Blair's announcement Sunday sounded a little implausible. Like having your baby and sleeping too. Or like taking paternity leave and not taking it.
NEWS
June 20, 1999 | HUGO MARTIN, Times Staff Writer
So, you think you're a pretty tough guy. Maybe you've run a marathon or two. Maybe you pump some iron or throw some leather in the boxing ring. Want to really test your steel? Try a challenge that a small but growing number of courageous men have taken up: paternity leave. Each year, about half a million men take some time off to care for a child.
BUSINESS
August 25, 1996
Q I have two children younger than 3, and my wife is going to have another baby. I asked my supervisor to give me a two-week leave to take care of my wife and children. But my supervisor would give me only one day and said he will document me as "absent without excuse" if I take more than that. Do I have the right to ask for paternity leave or family leave? --M.T., Victorville * A You may have substantial leave rights under federal and state laws.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1995 | TRACY WILSON
Patagonia Inc.'s Terri Wolfe has gone to Washington before, but never to testify before a federal commission. But today, Wolfe will make a presentation before the Commission on Family and Medical Leave and answer questions about Patagonia's progressive policies in that area. "We are widely known around the country and have been recognized for the work we have done to balance work and family," said Wolfe, Patagonia's human resources director.
BUSINESS
September 5, 1990 | TIMOTHY H. WILLARD, TIMOTHY H. WILLARD is managing editor of the Futurist, a publication of the World Future Society in Bethesda, Md
Providing mental health care and substance abuse treatment for workers and their families is likely to be a growing expense for U.S. employers in the 1990s. And the cost is rising even faster than the cost of other types of health care. In the 1980s, the total workplace cost of mental illness and substance abuse--factoring in treatment, lost productivity, and damaged property--was estimated to be as high as $237 billion a year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1995 | TRACY WILSON
Patagonia Inc.'s Terri Wolfe has gone to Washington before, but never to testify before a federal commission. But today, Wolfe will make a presentation before the Commission on Family and Medical Leave and answer questions about Patagonia's progressive policies in that area. "We are widely known around the country and have been recognized for the work we have done to balance work and family," said Wolfe, Patagonia's human resources director.
BUSINESS
March 9, 1992 | SONNI EFRON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The expectant father walked into his boss's office planning to take advantage of a new paternity leave policy. The reaction he got was deflating. "I know you're entitled to parental leave, but take vacation days instead," said the manager, advising him not as a boss but as a friend. "If you take a leave, you'll be branded around here forever as uncommitted." The story, which a congressional panel heard last summer from fathers' advocate James A.
BUSINESS
August 18, 1991 | BARBARA GOLDBERG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Jeff Sieglen quit his marketing job to stay home and rear two sons while his wife works as a doctor. But try telling that to his old pals at work. "Even now," he said, "the guys I used to work with ask me, 'So what are you really doing?' I keep telling them I'm staying home with the kids. That's my job. That's what I do. "They say: 'Uh huh. But what are you really doing?' " Small wonder his friends are confused.
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