Friday, June 15, 2012 1:02:40 PM
First off the government doesn't pay for all of it.... It is usually a 60/40 split between the employer and the government.
Second they do it to prompt a health society. When a family is poor and needs two incomes how can they raise a child... properly. Improperly raise children lead to more crime, higher divorce rates, more poverty, higher rates of depression, more obesity, and less education.
So yes.. more paid maternity leave works well. That`s why all those countries with the longest maternity leaves have constantly been ranked by the UN as being the best places to live.