- Do you have a paid parental leave in your country?
- Do you often go on leave from work or school?
- access /AK-ses/
- despite /dih-SPAHYT/
- fact /fakt/
- include /in-KLOOD/
- demand /dih-MAND/
[noun] – the right or opportunity to use or look at something
He gained complete access to the company files.
[preposition] – without taking any notice of or being influenced by; not prevented by
I was sweating a lot despite the air-conditioning.
[noun] – something that is known to have happened or to exist, especially something for which proof exists, or about which there is information
It’s a well-known fact that smoking can cause lung cancer.
[verb] – to contain something as a part of something else, or to make something part of something else
Does the price include tax?
[noun] – a strong request
Price is a result of demand.
This lack of support is the opposite of Europe, where paid parental leave is often used. Paid parental leave offers pleasant benefits for parents, children, and the societies of nations that give it, according to a study. Paid parental leave has widespread support in the United States, with roughly 82 percent of Americans supporting it, according to research published in April. This figure has stayed very consistent over time, and it includes support from all major political parties. The reasons for the United States’ long-standing position as the country with no parental leave benefits are complex, mixing post-World War II necessities and cultural identity.
However, there is currently a strong demand for change. President Joe Biden of the United States proposed a $225 billion (£163 billion) paid family and medical leave package in April, allowing workers to take up to 12 weeks off to care for a newborn or a family member. In a country where opinions are divided, paid parental leave is a rare topic on which all Americans can agree. So, why hasn’t anything been done at the federal level yet – and could this be the year, with Biden’s idea on its way to Congress?
True or False:
- The United States is the only wealthy country without a nationwide paid parental leave policy.
- 31% of US workers have access to paid parental leave through their employers.
- Paid parental leave is a norm in Europe.
- 82 percent of Americans support the paid parental leave policy.
- Joe Biden is the president of the United States of America.
Fill in the blanks:
- Food production is still increasing faster than __________.
- Aquatic sports __________ swimming and rowing.
- I was fully aware of the __________.
- I like him __________ his faults.
- The workers have __________ to paid family leave through their employers.