Prince Harry will reportedly take 2 weeks of paternity leave

  • Prince Harry is reportedly taking two weeks of paternity leave.
  • A growing body of evidence suggests paid leave benefits parents, kids, and businesses.
  • The US is the only country in the developed world that doesn't mandate paid maternity leave.

Prince Harry will reportedly take two weeks of paternity leave when his wife, Meghan Markle, gives birth.

A friend of the Prince is reported to have said, "He doesn't need to take paternity leave because he doesn't work in the way most people do, but he thinks it's a very modern dad thing to do."

The news about the royal family serves as a reminder of how difficult it can be when paid family leave isn't an option. Becoming a new parent is a huge undertaking, and the situation becomes infinitely more challenging for parents forced to take unpaid family leave.

What's perhaps most frustrating is the abundance of research that often goes ignored. These studies illustrate how beneficial paid parental leave can be not just for parents, but also for children, society, and companies, too.

Luckily for some, a few companies have taken note. At Netflix, for example, new moms and dads can take off as much time as they want during the first year after their child's birth or adoption.

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The 20 best companies for new dads
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The 20 best companies for new dads

20. Capital One

Headquarters: McLean, Virginia

Number of employees: 47,300

Paid paternity leave: 8 weeks

Industry: Finance

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Getty 

19. Airbnb

Headquarters: San Francisco, CA

Number of employees: 1,917

Paid paternity leave: 10 weeks

Industry: Hospitality

2016 Rank: No. 10 

Photo credit: Reuters 

18. Starbucks

Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

Number of employees: 238,000

Paid paternity leave for corporate employees: 12 weeks

Industry: Food and beverage

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Reuters 

17. Microsoft

Headquarters: Redmond, Washington

Number of employees: 120,849

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 8

Photo credit: Reuters 

16. Workday

Headquarters: Pleasanton, California

Number of employees: 6,400

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Reuters 

15. NVIDIA

Headquarters: Santa Clara, California

Number of employees: 10,287

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Reuters 

14. CA Technologies

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of employees: 10,782

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 23

Photo credit: Facebook.com

 

13. Discovery Communications

Headquarters: Silver Spring, Maryland

Number of employees: 7,000

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Media

2016 Rank: No. 40 

Photo credit: Reuters 

12. Pinterest

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Number of employees: 1,000+

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 6 

Photo credit: Getty 

11. Square

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Number of US employees: 2,000

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry 

Photo credit: Facebook.com

10. Deloitte

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of US employees: 53,381

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Legal and consulting

2016 Rank: No. 50 

Photo credit: Reuters 

9. Patagonia

Headquarters: Ventura, California

Number of employees: 2,000

Paid paternity leave: 12 weeks

Industry: Retail

2016 Rank: No. 4 

Photo credit: Getty 

8. Bank of America

Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina

Number of employees: 200,000

Paid paternity leave: 16 weeks

Industry: Finance

2016 Rank: No. 5 

Photo credit: Reuters 

7. VMware

Headquarters: Palo Alto, California

Number of employees: 9,527

Paid paternity leave: 18 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry

Photo credit: Getty 

6. Twitter

Headquarters: San Francisco, California

Number of employees: 3,860

Paid paternity leave: 20 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 9

Photo credit: Getty 

5. Facebook

Headquarters: Menlo Park, California

Number of employees: 17,048

Paid paternity leave: 17 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 3 

Photo credit: Reuters 


 

4. Spotify

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of employees: 2,000+

Paid paternity leave: 24 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: No. 2 

Photo credit: Reuters 

3. American Express

Headquarters: New York, New York

Number of US employees: 21,000

Paid paternity leave: 20 weeks

Industry: Financial

2016 Rank: New entry

Photo credit: Reuters 

2. Etsy

Headquarters: Brooklyn, New York

Number of employees: 1,043

Paid paternity leave: 26 weeks

Industry: Tech

2016 Rank: New entry

Photo credit: Getty 

1. Netflix

Headquarters: Los Gatos, California

Number of employees: 3,200

Paid paternity leave: 52 weeks (16 for hourly employees)

Industry: Media

2016 Rank: No. 1 

Photo credit: Getty 

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But while extended paid leave for new parents is a hot trend for major tech giants, only 35% and 29% of companies offered some paid maternity and paternity leave, respectively, in 2018, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.

Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) of 1993, qualifying American parents are guaranteed 12 weeks of family leave to care for a new child.

While the law requires companies with 50 or more employees to provide new parents with 12 weeks of leave, it doesn't require this leave to be paid. In fact, the US is the only country in the developed world that doesn't mandate paid maternity leave.

This policy is also restricted to full-time employees who have been with the company for more than a year, which, all told, applies to about 60% of workers in the US.

The US Department of Agriculture finds that parents spend, on average, between $12,350 and $13,900 a year on child-rearing expenses. And big-ticket items like furniture and medical expenses add up quickly. Without the guarantee of paid leave while caring for a child, many new parents are faced with the choice between economic hardship and returning to work prematurely.

People who don't get paid leave often have a hard time making ends meet

According to a 2012 report from the US Department of Labor on family and medical leave, about 15% of people who were not paid or who received partial pay while on leave turned to public assistance for help. About 60% of workers who took this leave reported it was difficult making ends meet, and almost half reported they would have taken longer leave if more pay had been available.

"Support for motherhood shouldn't be a matter of luck; it should be a matter of course," YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal. "Paid maternity leave is good for mothers, families and business. America should have the good sense to join nearly every other country in providing it."

Wojcicki reported the rate at which new moms left Google fell by 50% when in 2007, the tech giant increased paid maternity leave from 12 weeks to 18 weeks. "Mothers were able to take the time they needed to bond with their babies and return to their jobs feeling confident and ready. And it's much better for Google's bottom line — to avoid costly turnover, and to retain the valued expertise, skills, and perspective of our employees who are mothers."

In 2004, California became the first state to implement a paid-family-leave policy that enabled most working Californians to receive 55% of their usual salary (up to $1,104) for a maximum of six weeks.

Since then, only New Jersey and Rhode Island have actualized similar programs. (Starting in 2020, Washington state will require employers to provide some paid parental leave.)

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Cost of raising three royal children
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Cost of raising three royal children

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly have a combined net worth of $50 million.

Source: Business Insider

It's estimated that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will end up paying $1 million for schooling, childcare, and other costs to raise Prince George to adulthood. Add Princess Charlotte and the new royal baby boy to the mix, and that's $3 million — and that's only if they stop at three royal children.

Source: CNN

Princess Charlotte started nursery in January 2018 at the female-run Willcocks Nursery School, which is difficult to get into. Parents must pay a nonrefundable registration fee of $167, which they can do upon the child's birth. If accepted with an "Offer of a Place," parents must put down a security deposit of $2,009.

Source: MONEY

But that's just the beginning of Willcocks Nursery School's hefty price tag. Morning school for five days a week is $4,086 a term, or $12,258 for all three terms. Afternoon school, which takes place on Mondays, Thursdays, and Fridays, is $2,411 a term or $7,234 for all three terms. Charlotte is said to be attending morning school and afternoon school full-time — that's $19,492 a year.

Source:  MONEY, The Telegraph

Willcocks Nursery School also has a special lunch club for $777 per term for one afternoon a week or $2,331 per term for three afternoons per week.

Source: Harper's Bazaar

Prince George attended Westacre Montessori School Nursery, which cost roughly $46 a day. A majority of the children here receive funding to attend.

Source: BBC

In September 2017, four-year-old Prince George began attending school at Thomas's Battersea in London, which costs $23,000 a year.

Source: Insider

The fees will increase in year three, when he turns eight years old. If Prince George stays at the establishment until year eight, when he turns 13, the total cost will be $240,767.

Source: Mirror

Naturally, Prince George needs to don some dapper duds to attend this posh prep school. The total cost of a year's uniform supply is $456.50. Optional accessories — gloves, hat, scarf, and jacket — are an extra $57.60, bringing the total to $514.10.

Source: Business Insider

When Prince George turns 13, it will be decided whether he follows in the footsteps of his father and Uncle Harry to attend Eton College. Fees per term are now $18,059, which means the price of tuition per year could increase to nearly $55,954.

Source:  Mirror

This means that the total cost for Prince George's schooling career could total more than $503,591 — that's 32 times more than the average $15,667 the government spends per child between the ages of four and sixteen attending a school in London.

Source: Mirror

Maria Teresa Turrion Borrallo, the royals' live-in nanny, gives Mary Poppins a run for her money. Borrallo is a graduate of the prestigious Norland College, which schools nannies that can earn between $36,493 and $58,552 in London, between $48,793 and $84,343 outside of London, and up to $145,665 overseas. She probably makes more than that looking after three royal children and accompanying them on tours and excursions.

Source: Tatler, Business Insider

The average London family spends $46,000 on feeding and clothing one child for two decades. For three children, that's $138,000. A royal family is likely to spend even more — a Gieves & Hawkes children's suit for Prince George was $7,000 alone. With purchases like that, Kate and Will are estimated to spend at least $200,000 per child.

Source: CNN

The Lindo Wing, where Prince George, Princess Charlotte, and the new royal baby were born, charges $8,900 for 24-hours in a deluxe room (the most luxurious option) and a non-Caesarean delivery. However, the Lindo Wing offers a 10% discount to mothers who have already given birth there. That's a total of $24,910 for three royal babies (including two discounted stays).

Source:  Business Insider

Kate's prenatal care before the baby's birth is estimated to cost roughly $703 for three hours — for three royal babies, that's a total of $2,109.

Source: MONEY

This cost doesn't include the consultation of the royal family's gynecologist, which is reportedly $8,500. For three royal babies, that's $25,500.

Source: MONEY

Elisabeth Rosenthal, editor-in-chief of Kaiser Health News, estimated that Prince George's birth cost $15,000 total.

Source: MONEY

Kate has debuted all her royal newborns in the same G.H. Hurt & Son christening shawl, which runs for $75.

Source: Town & Country

All of the royal children were brought home from the hospital in their own Britax B-SAFE infant carrier, which retails for around $160 depending on the model — that's at least $480.

Source: Romper

Kate has been seen pushing Prince George in the Silver Cross Sleepover Elegance Pram ($1,249) and pushing Princess Charlotte to her christening in the Silver Cross Balmoral Pram, which includes chrome detailing ($2,276). She also reportedly owns more modern strollers — like Out 'n' About's Nipper ($382). Kate is also said to have ordered a matching bespoke navy carry cot ($172) from the brand after Princess Charlotte's birth.

Source: Town and Country, People

The average cost to furnish and decorate a nursery is $2,000, but it's likely the Duke and Duchess spent more than that for each royal child. William's chest of drawers was worth $2,880 alone when he was a baby. Kate was also spotted purchasing a Blue Almonds Wicker Moses Basket ($297) before Prince George's birth, and she told Marcus Ingman, Ikea's head of design, that there were a few Ikea pieces in Prince George's nursery. Cots there start at $82.

Source: The BumpTown and CountryHomes and Property

If the royal family regularly visits Kate's parents in Berkshire village Buckleberry, personal security costs could grow heavily. The cost of security isn't publicly revealed.

Source: CNN, The Guardian

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Paid family leave may benefit businesses

According to a report from the President's Council of Economic Advisers, more than 90% of employers affected by California's paid family-leave initiative reported either positive or no noticeable effect on profitability, turnover, and morale.

Another study, from the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University, found that women who took advantage of New Jersey's paid-family-leave policy were far more likely to be working nine to 12 months after the birth of their child. The study also found these women to be 39% less likely to receive public assistance and 40% less likely to receive food stamps in the year following a child's birth, compared to those who didn't take any leave.

A study of European leave policies by the University of North Carolina found that paid-leave programs can substantially reduce infant mortality rates and better a child's overall health.

And research out of The Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn indicates higher education, IQ, and income levels in adulthood for children of mothers who used maternity leave — the biggest effect comes for children from lower-educated households. The researchers cited this as a significant discussion for policymakers to have, as it could reduce the existing gap in education and income in the US.

Paid paternity leave is important, in addition to paid maternity leave

There's plenty of evidence that supports the effectiveness of paid paternity leave, too.

A study by Boston College's Center for Work & Family found that 86% of men surveyed said they wouldn't use paternity leave or parental leave unless they were paid at least 70% of their normal salaries.

But research out of Israel shows the more leave men take to care for children when they're young, the more the fathers undergo changes in the brain that make them better suited to parenting. And a study by two Columbia University Social Work professors found that fathers who take two or more weeks off after their child is born are more involved in their child's care nine months later. Simply put, paid paternity leave can help foster better father-child relationships.

And the more leave fathers take, the more mothers' incomes increase. In Sweden, where fathers must take at least two months off before the child is 8 years old to receive government benefits, researchers saw mothers' incomes increase almost 7% for every month of paternity leave their husbands took.

As President Barack Obama once said during a weekly addresses, "Family leave, childcare, flexibility — these aren't frills. They're basic needs. They shouldn't be bonuses — they should be the bottom line."

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Commonwealth Day 2019
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on Commonwealth Day 2019
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, arrive to attend an event at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (4L) and Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (C), take part in an event where young people were demonstrating the Canadian spring tradition of making maple taffy at Canada House, the offices of the High Commision of Canada in the United Kingdom, during an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Jackson / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read CHRIS JACKSON/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcased and celebrated the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Britain's Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (2R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex (CL) walk with Canada's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, Janice Charette (2L) as they leave from Canada House, the offices of the High Commission of Canada in the United Kingdom, after attending an event to mark Commonwealth Day, in central London, on March 11, 2019. - Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has been the Head of the Commonwealth throughout her reign. Organised by the Royal Commonwealth Society, the Service is the largest annual inter-faith gathering in the United Kingdom. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP) (Photo credit should read DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS/AFP/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcased and celebrated the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Samir Hussein/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event showcased and celebrated the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Mark Cuthbert/UK Press via Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex are given baby gifts by Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom Janice Charette as they attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. The event will showcase and celebrate the diverse community of young Canadians living in London and around the UK. (Photo by Chris Jackson - WPA Pool/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 11: Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess Of Sussex attend a Commonwealth Day Youth Event at Canada House on March 11, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/GC Images)
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