By Amy E. Feldman
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – What does the law say about paternity leave?READ MORE: Family Holds Balloon Release For 'Gentle Soul' 17-Year-Old Nasir Muhammad, Gunned Down In Front Of Mom's Home
On his radio show, former NFL quarterback Boomer Esiason had some pretty strong words for Mets 2nd basemen, Dan Murphy, who missed 2 games the first week of baseball season because his wife was giving birth.READ MORE: More Than 800 Baby Turtles Safe In Stockton University's Care Thanks To Quick Thinking, Little Innovation
According to Esiason, Murphy’s wife should have scheduled a C-section before the season so he didn’t have to miss work. Sensitive.
But Esiason has highlighted a very real difference between what the law says and what the man-code says because, under Federal law, a qualified employee has a right to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave for the birth or adoption of a child, whether the employee is the mom or the dad. But, what dads can do legally and what they do actually, is different, at least according to a 2011 study of 1000 men by Boston College researchers who found that 75% of new dads took off a week or less after the birth of their child and only 1% took off more than 4 weeks. That could be because the law only provides for unpaid leave…MORE NEWS: 'Mom-And-Pop Bakeries Are Dying': Homemade Goodies By Roz May Have To Close Due To Worker Shortage
Or it could be because of the attitude toward paternity leave by men’s co-workers and radio hosts.