Paid Maternity Leave

TitlePaid Maternity Leave
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsFunke, RD, Boxall, SF, Funke, MB, Myers, GA, Potthast, A
Corporate AuthorsAssociation of Practical and Professional Ethics,
Date Published08/2012
PublisherAssociation for Practical and Professional Ethics
Keywordsbusiness , BUSINESS ethics , ECONOMICS , Public Policy
AbstractJulia and Mark, residents of the German city of Ingolstadt, just had their first child. As they bring their baby girl home, Mark and Julia are eager to spend the next six months away from their jobs to exclusively nurture their new family member. Neither Mark nor Julia are worried about their job security or their ability to pay their bills, for Germany allows parents to take up to 47 weeks of paid leave and ensures that their jobs will be protected during their absence. Meanwhile, Bernardette, a Wal-Mart employee in New Mexico, is back at work five weeks after the birth of her second child. Despite having had a difficult labor and post-partum complications, Bernardette’s maternity leave was limited to the vacation and sick days she had accumulated the previous year. Taking a longer leave, like Julia and Mark’s, would have jeopardized her job and hence the family’s financial health.
NotesCase from the 2012 Regional Ethics Bowl Competition © Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
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