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Maternity Leave and Work Issues

Maternity Leave and Work Issues

Before you become pregnant, you need to research your company's policies on maternity leave. Not only do you need information on the companies policy for financial care, you need to ensure that you're informed of any dangerous materials. There's more to pregnancy and the workplace than securing your maternity leave. If you work around reproductive hazards such as lead, ionizing radiation or ethylene oxide, your employer has a legal obligation to make you aware that these hazards exist.

Some pregnancies are more difficult or high risk than others. Talk to your doctor or midwife about any potential conditions that may cause you to need to take extra time off for appointment's or bed rest. Inform your employer as soon as you're aware of the pregnancy and any issues that may cause you to need additional time away from the office.

Don't be afraid that requesting extra time for physician's visits or asking about the company's breastfeeding policy will get you into trouble. It's illegal for employers to discriminate against you for maternity reasons, so ask any questions you need answered. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act protects mothers with the same treatment as a disability act, so you will be afforded plenty of space to make sure you take the time you need for a health pregnancy.

Every company has a different policy on maternity leave, but also look into your country or state's rules about parental leave there is a minimum amount of time you're allotted that your employer must give you. The Family Medical Act states that any company who employs 50 people or more must give you at least 12 weeks of unpaid leave for illness, pregnancy and birth. Fortunately, a lot of employers today are allowing employees to take paid leave for parental obligations for up to a year. You will receive a portion of your salary for a set amount of time with paid maternity leave.

Paternity leave has also become common in the last few years. This allows the father to take time off after the birth of his baby. Paternity leave can be unpaid or paid, so check with your employer so that you can make financial arrangements if necessary. In some cases, your employer may be able to reach an agreement with you about returning to work part time or working from home for the first few months, so that you can spend time with your spouse and new baby.

For maternity or paternity leave, you need to ask your company for the right paperwork and bring it to your doctor or midwife.


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