How Male Bonding is Being Taken with New York's Paid Family Leave

Topics: Paid Family Leave

Fatherhood in America has evolved over the years; The Pew Research Center found that more men are taking a more active role in child care than in the past. The demand for paid parental leave to extend to men as well as women is growing, with more companies offering paid time off to fathers as well as mothers to bond with newborns.

With New York launching one of the most comprehensive paid leave acts in the country in 2018, data is showing that men are utilizing the leave to bond with newborns. In fact, 19% of paid family leave claims were made for male bonding, a statistic showcased in AmTrust’s analysis of how paid family leave is being used in 2018.

Paid family leave can be taken for any of the following three reasons:
  • Bond with a newborn, adopted or foster child
  • Care for a loved one with a serious illness
  • Tend to family matters when a loved one is called to active military service

In 2018, both men and women can take up to 8 weeks of paid, protected time off to bond with newborns. Over the next few years, this leave will increase, with 12 weeks of paid, protected pay male bonding available to employees in New York by 2021. While our data shows that women are typically taking paid family leave back to back with DBL, there is also the option to take paid family leave intermittently, which can be an attractive option for men taking bonding leave.

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