Where to Find Information on Maternity Leave and FMLA

Women have a wealth of support when it comes to maternity leave and FMLA. Local, regional, state and federal departments are set-up to protect women during pregnancy from employer discrimination and retaliation. ... read more »

European Legal Approach to Parental Work Family Conflict

Commentators have stated that France and Sweden, for example, provide a more generous maternity and parental leave than what is available here in the United States. ... read more »

American Breastfeeding and Parenting

New parents and those who are still expecting will do everything that they can so that their children will have a future that is both positive and healthy such as feeding their babies with breast milk as long as possible. ... read more »

Breastfeeding Could be a Life Saver

According to a new report published by Save the Children, if all mothers chose to breastfeed immediately after birth more than 800,000 infant lives could be saved every year. ... read more »

Should Pregnancy Be Added to Protected Groups Under Anti-Discrimination Laws?

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) just turned 35 years old but many feel it's not being utilized properly. Too many loopholes allow employers to minimize a pregnant woman's position in the workforce in spite of the protections supposedly provided. ... read more »

Employers Do Discriminate Against Pregnant Employees

It's against federal law and many state laws to discriminate against pregnant employees but employers are a crafty lot, according to Reginald Byron. ... read more »

Netflix: Unlimited Family Leave During Baby's First Year

A new Netflix company policy, announced on August 4, offers all new parents as much as a year of paid unlimited time off following the birth or adoption of a child. ... read more »

The Benefits of Extended Maternity Leave

A recent Norwegian report examining the national economic impact of extended paid maternity leave has mothers crying foul all over the world. The study says there is no apparent economic incentive to extend maternity leave. ... read more »

When to Return to Work After Giving Birth

Many women fight with the idea of when to work after giving birth. They’ve spent the majority of the last 40 weeks thinking about the baby, preparing for baby, and eventually leaving work to give birth and recover from delivery. ... read more »

How Female Entrepreneurs Manage Business and Baby

Pregnancy affects every aspect of a woman's life, including her job. When the expectant mother is also the boss, pregnancy can impact her performance, her clientele, and her bottom line. ... read more »

Can I Still Breastfeed When I Return to Work?

If you are a breastfeeding mother who is planning to return to work, you are probably wondering if you can continue to breastfeed your baby while working. ... read more »

Maternity Leave When Adopting

State laws and employer policies differ from one state to the next when you adopt a baby. ... read more »

Budgeting for Baby One Trimester At a Time

The financial wizards at Money Magazine suggest approaching a baby budget like a pregnancy, one trimester at a time. ... read more »

Practical Checklist for Labor Day Preparation

Before the time comes to rush off to the hospital, you need to think about preparing for labor, not just packing for your hospital stay. ... read more »

4 Types of Insurance You Need to Have Before Pregnancy

f you're currently planning for a new baby, insurance is likely the last thing you have on your mind. However, it's usually a good idea for you to brush up on your insurance policies between medical checkups, birthing classes and shopping for new baby supplies. ... read more »

British Dads Likely To Get Maternity Leave Job Protection

The British powers that be are, however, recognizing that fathers are instrumental to the family unit and that bonding with their babies is something fathers can do to benefit themselves and their families. ... read more »

Longer Maternity Leave Reduces Risk of Postpartum Depression

A new study shows that the more time a woman takes off from work after having a baby, the lower her risk for postpartum depression. This research is the first of its kind. ... read more »

Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg Wants More Baby Talk on the Job

Sandberg wants more baby talk on the job without the threat of discrimination, lawsuits, and diminished opportunity. ... read more »

Pregnancy, Maternity Leave and the Work Family Conflict

The two main federal statutes covering a pregnancy at work are the Family and Medical Leave Act ('FMLA') and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act. ... read more »

When Should I Return to Work After Birth?

One of the biggest decisions for a working mother is when to return to work after their baby is born. ... read more »

Can My Husband Take Paternity Leave?

There are no short term disability options available for fathers who want to take time off for the birth of a child. According to the FMLA, fathers are allowed to take up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. ... read more »

Important Contacts Before Taking Maternity Leave

When you do decide to reveal your pregnancy to your employer, you need to make a list of important contacts within the company and your personal prenatal care to ensure you know whom to contact when the pregnancy nears the due date. ... read more »

Maternity Leave, Education, and Marissa Mayer's Twins

During the last stages of her pregnancy, Mayer did what a lot of Yahoo’s expectant and new mothers did; she worked from home. When baby Macallister was just a couple weeks old, Mayer returned to work. ... read more »

Babies, Nannies Fly Free with KKR Traveling Moms

Private equity firm KKR recently announced an enhancement to its family leave policy. The new policy allows new mothers at the executive level to bring their babies and nannies for business travel. ... read more »

NY Mets Daniel Murphy Takes Flack for Paternity Leave

New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy Daniel Murphy chose to be a family man. ... read more »

How to Handle Breast Leaks at Work

Breastfeeding is the best way to feed baby, but it doesn't afford many women the option of staying at home the entire first year after birth. When you must return to the workplace you must also prepare for leaking breasts at any and all times. ... read more »

Will Daycare Give Your Baby Attachment Issues?

I started daycare at six months old. My mom begrudgingly brought me for the first time when her maternity leave was over, and she cried the whole way to work. Of course, so did I. ... read more »

Sick, Vacation and Personal Time

FMLA allows for 12 weeks of maternity leave. This 12 week timeframe does not include sick, vacation and personal time, in most cases. While employer policies will differ, most employers allow various forms of paid leave before unpaid maternity leave begins.  ... read more »

7 Tips for Staying Comfortable at Work During Pregnancy

There are times during pregnancy when you are just plain uncomfortable. Working until the latter stages of pregnancy could increase this feeling exponentially, but there are a few things you can change about your workspace to increase your comfort level. ... read more »

Pregnancy Discrimination in the Workplace

According to the EEOC, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, pregnant employees or potential employees cannot be treated unfavorably because of the pregnancy. ... read more »

Tips for Requesting Maternity Leave

If your income is financially relevant, think through your post pregnancy plan carefully. Many mothers want to stay home with their baby for the first year, but not all mothers are in a financial situation that allows such a prolonged maternity leave and disability payments will not continue for one year. ... read more »

How to Deal With an Employer Refusing Maternity Leave

The federal and state governments protect pregnant women from discrimination in the workplace. If you are pregnant and seeking maternity leave under FMLA, you have rights as long as you follow the proper procedures for requesting maternity leave. ... read more »