Obama says the U.S. is ''way behind the times'' when it comes to paid family leave, as he previewed the upcoming White House Summit on Working Families during his weekly address. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
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U.S. President Barack Obama previewed the White House Summit on Working Families during his weekly address on Saturday (June 21).
"We're bringing together business leaders and workers to talk about the challenges that working parents face every day, and how we can address them together," he said, adding that reform to workplace policies was necessary to stay competitive in the global economy.
"Many jobs don't offer adequate leave to care for a new baby or an ailing parent, so workers can't afford to be there when their family needs them the most. That's wrong. And it puts us way behind the times."
As an example, Obama cited the fact that the U.S. is one of only three countries in the world that doesn't offer paid maternity leave.
"It's time to change that," he said.
The White House has also released a report from the Council of Economic Advisers that analyzes the potential economic benefits of family leave policies, for workers and employers alike.
The first-ever White House Summit on Working Families will take place on Monday (June 23).
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