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MT Earns "C-" In Study On Workplace Policies For New Parents

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A new study finds Montana has a long way to go when it comes to helping new parents get back to work.

A state-by-state analysis on workplace laws that support new parents, gave Montana a "C-" on its policies.

Being a new mother is not easy, especially when it's time to go back to work.

"I took maternity leave, and decided not to go back," said new mother, Annie Watson.

Watson decided it was too overwhelming to go back to work after having her daughter, Maggie. St. Pat's doctor and new mother, Stephanie Wolfe is just happy to have a chance to enjoy time off with her son, Colt.

"It's hard. My shifts are pretty long, and it's high paced, stressful work," Wolfe said.

A new study by the National Partnership of Women and Families shows just how hard it is for new parents to go back to work, with a lack of policies supporting them.

"The report overall, paints a picture of a nation that's failing it's families," said the group's Vice President, Vicki Shabo.

According to Montana's grade of a C-, the state has a long way to go in supporting its families.

"This is a testament to how the rest of the nation is faring, a C- isn't that bad," Shabo said.

She said Montana earned its grade for having some policies in place, but not enough.

"Montana expands beyond federal basic standards, by providing maternity leave under state law to Montana workers," Shabo said.

This is improving upon federal law, which only says pregnant women can't be discriminated against in the workplace, but doesn't actually guarantee them any leave from work. 17 states earned an "F" on the report for not improving upon these federal policies.

California earned the highest grade in the nation with an A-, but the Shabo said no state is doing enough to provide basic workplace supports. Moms here in Montana couldn't agree more.

"It would be nice in our country, not Montana specifically, for us to have more balance in all aspects of life," Wolfe said.

The study came out before the White House hosts a Summit on Working Families on Monday in Washington, D.C. The goal is to showcase new policies that could help working families and parents.

 

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