Why so few take paid parental leave
Research by Ariel Pihl and Gaetano Basso cited by The Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times, May 6, 2016

A day after Alex Gustafson’s wife gave birth to their daughter in December, he officially began the 12 weeks of fully paid family leave offered by Automattic Inc., the San Francisco tech company where he works.

Anthony Goytia of La Puente wishes he had that option. When his wife gave birth to their daughter in April, they lost about $550 of monthly income. So Goytia started working a second job at Macy’s to supplement his early shift unloading trucks at UPS.

Only 25% to 40% of California mothers who are eligible for state leave actually take it, according to a report by the UC Davis Center for Poverty Research. Overall, less than 2% of all workers in the state used the benefit from 2013 to 2014.

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