Well, you know…shit.
why would you pay someone for 26-51 weeks for doing nothing
you have a very, very odd definition of “doing nothing”.
Living as a woman in the USA in a nutshell:
- If you don’t have sex, you’re a prude and a bitch.
- If you have sex outside of marriage and use birth control to avoid getting pregnant, you’re a slut (whether you’ve had sex twice every day or twice in a year).
- If you have sex outside of marriage, but don’t use protection and get pregnant, you’re a slut AND you’re stupid
- If you’re single and get an abortion because you can’t afford to take time off work to push a baby the size of a melon out of your cooch, you’re a slut, stupid, AND a murderer.
- If you’re single but don’t get an abortion, but need extra governmental help to assist in raising your child you were pressured to keep because of someone else’s moral code, you’re a slut, stupid, a leech on the back of society, AND shit out of luck.
AND THE HOOOOME OF THEEEEE BRAAAAAVE
And if you’re married and have a baby, apparently raising that child is “doing nothing” and you don’t deserve to be paid maternity leave but if you don’t want to have children with your spouse or can’t have children, you “aren’t doing your duty as a wife”/”aren’t a real woman”
like nah fuck outta here.
You really can’t fucking win with some people
You pay someone maternity leave as a perk. As in, when it becomes too costly to pay labor more and more to attract them away from your competition, you start offering them health care, company cars, corner offices, nicer cafeterias, stock options, maternity leave, and daycare services, pensions, spas, paid travel budgets, offer to relocate them, and on, and on.
In a marketplace where most employers are offering maternity leave, if you are a company trying not to offer maternity leave, you will have to pay your employees more.
If you can’t afford a rockstar salary, but can swing a daycare, or, say, a 25 week vacation once every few years, then that’s the reasonable choice to make. (and in the case of maternity leave, which only affects some of the women, some of the time, you may be able to offer what looks like a great benefit to potential parents on the cheap, in comparison to offering such a bonus to everyone, because it only happens on the off chance that someone has a kid, a thing you can draw actuarial tables for and make bets on)
Americans really work in a system that rather poorly compensates most workers. Average labor compensation hasn’t risen since the seventies, and if you discount health care, where the costs have risen, it actually seems as though it has slipped, against inflation.