Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: January 26, 2008 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412964517 | Print ISBN: 9781412909167 | Online ISBN: 9781412964517| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Medora W. Barnes
The term parental leave refers to gender-neutral, job-protected leave from employment that is available to both mothers and fathers. As more households are shared by dual-earner couples, the need for adequate parental leave has become increasingly important for the health and well-being of both parents and children. Having access to adequate parental leave is also an important step in facilitating women's work outside the home. This entry focuses on explaining the existing variations in parental leave and briefly describing U.S. leave policies. Some of the variations in parental leave include the following: whether There ...