You’ve probably heard that the United States is one of a handful of countries in the world that doesn’t guarantee paid maternity leave. Turns out, as a result of some laws recently passed abroad, we now appear to be one of just two countries without this policy. That’s according to the latest International Labor Organization report on maternity leave, which refers to 2013 data from 185 countries and territories. See the countries in pink below:


According to the report, as of 2013, only the United States and Papua New Guinea didn’t require paid maternity leave.

The United States does require unpaid maternity leave, through the Family and Medical Leave Act. But even that law leaves a lot of workers ineligible for unpaid leave, either because their employer is too small to be covered by the law or because they haven’t worked for their firm for long enough.

(Hat tip to my colleague Trey Johnson on finding this updated ILO report.)

Catherine Rampell is an opinion columnist at The Washington Post.
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