Dad’s To Get the Right To Stay Home
by: Madison Powell, Lucy Stanton
How would you feel if one of your loved ones was denied the right to spend time with their own newborn child? Well, this is unfortunately one of the issues that many Americans face today.
Senator Jayma Lindhorst finds this to be a big problem that needs to be solved. Her bill would allow up to three weeks for fathers to spend with their newborn or adopted child. If businesses do not comply with the bill, they would be fined $500. When asked why this piece of legislation should be passed, Jayma answered, “When we get older, to help us bond with our children.” This statement shows that this bill won’t just help the fathers, but also their children.
However, there are still some issues that this bill could encounter. Many workplaces could attempt to push back the bill, causing it to be delayed or possibly not even passed. “A lot of the jobs will try to retaliate and workplaces will try to find loopholes around the bill,” Lindhorst says.
Lastly, Jayma elaborated on why this bill is important to her. She said, “It’s important to me because I know a lot of people that were not offered paternity leave and they lost their jobs because they took it.” Even the senator, who obviously hasn’t been a father herself, has personal experience with this issue.