The employee benefits conversation often revolves around health plans, 401(k)s and a host of voluntary benefits. But somewhere along the way it seems we’ve lost sight of one of the most obvious and universally appealing workplace benefits: paid parental leave.

It’s hard to believe, but the United States is the only developed country that does not require employers to provide paid maternity leave. (Paternity leave is even less common worldwide.) A Pew Research Center report ranks the United States dead last out of 38 countries in government-supported time off for new parents.

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