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Michigan Gets Failing Grades For Helping Working New Parents

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(WLNS) - It's not exactly a perfect report card.

A recent study by the National Partnership for Women and Families gives Michigan an 'f' for state laws that help new parents in the workplace.

One of the worst ratings in the country.

Christa Lamendola looked into the reason behind the failing grade today.

A study by the National Partnership for Women and Families says when it comes to protecting Michigan's new and expecting parents in the workplace state laws are not only below average,  they're failing.

"Having an "f" rating can certainly hurt Michigan's economy."

The president of "Michigan's Children" organization Matt Gibbard says the lack of state laws is troubling.

Gibbard, President and CEO of Michigan's Children, says, "I think Michigan has a long ways to go to enacting policies that will make Michigan the best place in the country to raise children."

Federal laws like the pregnancy discrimination act protect women in the workplace but do not require employers to provide any period of leave for families. Many states have filled in the cracks of federal laws with state laws like job-protected family and medical leave and pregnancy accomodations. Michigan however, has nothing.

"Are the federal laws enough? No, I don't think the federal laws are enough. I think it is important for Michigan to do a better job at enacting policies that protect mothers and families and employees," says Gibbard.

President Obama held a White House summit of working families today and says overall the US needs to change.

He says, "There is only one developed country in the world that does not offer paid maternity leave and that is us. That is not the list you wanna be on."

And without state laws, Michigan will also stay on that list.

Michigan is one of 17 failing states in the country that don’t have any state laws to protect new parents.


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