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If this were a mandatory requirement for all day care centers -- as the blogosphere trumpeted -- that would be pretty intrusive.

But it’s not -- it’s a study of a limited number of day care centers and students.

In some cases, parental leave is allocated for mothers only or for fathers only. In 19 of 41 countries, the majority of all paid leave available is allocated for maternity leave.

Your supervisor may assist you in making the report (for example, sit with you for support if you are uncomfortable in the process) as long as they do not interfere in any way with the making of the report.

Afterward, you should inform your supervisor (or whoever is designated at your place of employment) about the report. You do not have to investigate or be certain of the abuse, or even know the name of the person who is suspected of abusing a child.

In comparison, Estonia offers more than a year and a half of paid leave to new parents – by far the highest benefit mandated by any of the countries represented.

A number of other countries – Bulgaria, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Austria, Czech Republic, Latvia, Norway and Slovakia – offer over a year’s worth of paid leave, as well.


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