What if you were required to take three months off after your wife had a baby?
That’s what’s being proposed in Sweden. Already, Sweden has the most generous paternity leave benefits in the world. And they’re considering making them even better!
Today, Sweden requires men to take a minimum of two months’ leave from work, following the birth of a child. Men can take off more time, if they choose. And while they’re not working, the government pays their salary, up to $65,000 per parent.
But now, some politicians want to extend the paternity leave minimum to three months. Why? The thinking is that as more women enter the workforce, men are increasingly taking on more responsibilities at home. And paternity leave benefits offer new Dads important time to be at home, bonding with their children.
In fact, in Sweden it’s so common to see new Dads on leave that they have a nickname: “latte Dads.” It’s because they’re often seen wandering around town, pushing a stroller with one hand, while carrying coffee in the other.
Most Swedish parents are in favor of requiring men to take more paternity leave. But there are others who say it should be up to families to decide who stays home with the kids, and for how long – not the government.
So, what do you think? Are Swedes on the right track? Should we require Dads to take paternity leave here at home, too? Weigh in at Facebook.com/JohnTesh.