Re: Parental rights?
Sounds like "regulated freelancing", a concept worthy of Douglas Adams ("We demand rigidly defined areas of doubt and uncertainty!").
To anyone doing business in the US, this is a head-scratcher. I've seen contractors getting the runaround - one got paid 90 days after his agency got paid, and they got paid 90 days post-invoice by the client! But that's the risk you take. If you can't stand the heat....
Over here freelancers pay both halves of the SocSec/Medicare and the client isn't on the hook for any of it. Claiming that clients should be responsible for paid leave sounds ridiculous. All this left-hand/right-hand/hands-off jiggery-pokery makes the whole thing seem like a hustle around a hustle.