Mets' Daniel Murphy: Unexpected paternity crusader?

April 04, 2014

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy’s decision to take three days of paternity leave after the birth of his son ignited a debate, but experts say he is exemplifying a growing trend.
 
“I am seeing more people take advantage of existing practices for paternity,” says Polly Wright, benefits consultant at HRConsults.
 
In New York, male and female workers are entitled to request up to 12 weeks off, unpaid, per year to care of a newborn child, according to the state’s attorney general, which is what federal law mandates. Some states--including California--have opted to pass more generous paid-family leave laws.
 
According to a 2011 collective-bargaining agreement, Murphy was allowed between one and three days off for paternity leave, and took the max, which included missing opening day, but was back for Thursday’s game.
 
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