President Barack Obama says the United States is "one of just three countries" that report they do not offer paid maternity leave, and he says that has to change.
Obama lamented what he called outdated workplace policies in his weekly address Saturday.
The president said the U.S. must make it easier for parents and those with sick relatives to stay in the workplace. He said something is wrong when hard workers must choose between work and family.
The president is holding a White House summit Monday on working families.
In the Republican address, Representative Fred Upton of Michigan said Obama's record on energy development is abysmal. He said the U.S. must build an infrastructure that will lead to energy abundance.