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Seth Meyers took “A Closer Look” at the importance of paid family leave on Tuesday’s Late Night. New York Governor Andrew Cuomo recently signed a law giving mothers and fathers eight weeks of paid leave, and Seth, a new father, agrees with the decision.
“The United States is the only developed nation that doesn’t guarantee paid family leave for all its citizens,” Meyers says. “That lack of income forces parents to go back to work just weeks after a baby is born, and that’s bad for everyone. Bad for babies because, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but you can’t just give them your HBO Go password so they can binge ‘True Detective’ while you’re at work.”
Research shows babies whose parents are forced to go back to work are less likely to be up to date on immunizations and more likely to have behavioral problems. “And then they grow up to be that weirdo in your office who always has the flu.”
“Going back to work early is bad for moms, too. It makes them more likely to become depressed,” Seth continues. “And forcing parents to go back to work is bad for the rest of us. Do you want someone who’s been up all night with a newborn driving your bus, or performing your LASIK, or hosting your talk show?”