All developed world governments have provisions for the support of parents with newborn children. Parental leave laws support new parents by offering job-protected leave and financial support during that leave. The right to take parental leave on a part-time basis can be another important aspect of family leave policy. New parents in the United States may access leave through the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993.

The FMLA entitles eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid, job-protected leave in a 12-month period for specified family and medical reasons. Amendments to the FMLA by the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA for fiscal year 2008, Public Law 110-181, expanded the FMLA to allow eligible employees to take up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave ...

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