Originally Posted by Hannah32
And yet, Poland does have a sinking birth rate. So I don't think that supposition holds up. However, Poland isn't nearly as rich a country as the US and they manage to treat maternity leave like it's a real thing, instead of some luxury.
Originally Posted by Pinoikoi
But were these benefits in response to the sinking birth rate, or were they in place prior to the sinking birth rate?
If people were having too few babies, it these kinds of changes might force the hand, kwim?
I can tell you that it's not a recent development, I was born in Poland and turned 30 this year. Admittedly I don't know how long the birth rate has been sinking for.
Now as a Canadian (with dual citizenship, another great thing
) I'm very glad for the maternity leave policy that we have here. I haven't used it yet, but I've been paying into the system for a while now, and will pay into it much more in the future. I don't see anything wrong with using those benefits.
Is the tax rate that much higher here? Maybe it is, though I recall comparing it once and after factoring in the state and federal taxes in the US it really didn't seem like a huge difference (depending on the state). But I suppose that's another topic.