Bringing a new baby home calls for a time of readjusting and bonding, but in two-income households, it’s often hard to find time for this, especially for fathers. Josh Levs, a journalist, father of three, and author of the book All In: How our work-first culture fails dads, families, and businesses – and how we can fix it together, explains his own experience fighting for paternity leave and why it’s important for families, businesses, and the economy.
Gender stereotypes often dictate that mom stays at home with the baby while dad goes to work, but Levs says modern families need to make that choice for themselves. Presently, only 14% of companies offer paid paternity leave, and the time offered is getting shorter and shorter. Yet, once the baby is born, the father is just as important and helpful to the family life as the mother.
Levs knows the paternity leave struggle because of his experience while working for Time Warner. He protested an unfair company policy through the EEOC Act based on gender discrimination. Because of his complaint, the company changed their policy, and Levs went on to author a book to explain to other parents how they too can go about fighting for paid family leave. In the book, he explains the Family Act bill, which would allow employees to pay into a fund for when they need to take paid leave.
While the Family Act would address paid leave on a governmental level, Levs also says that many businesses are finding that paid family leave is advantageous. In many cases, it helps businesses attract and keep high-quality employees. He encourages the next generation of parents to collectively make a change for the better in both the workplace and at home.
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- Josh Levs, journalist, father of three, and author of the book All In: How our work-first culture fails dads, families, and businesses – and how we can fix it together.