As a pregnant woman, you are likely concerned about how you can get paid during your maternity leave, and for how long you can keep your job. This is a complicated matter to decipher when taking into account company, state and federal policies. It’s never too early to prepare yourself for the complexities and bureaucracy that is involved in taking a maternity leave.
I will comb through all of your benefit information to ensure that you understand what you are entitled to under the various maternity leave laws such as FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act), PDL (Pregnancy Disability Leave), and SDI (California State Disability), for example. When it comes time to speak to your HR representative, I will ensure that you are well-informed and able to understand everything that is presented to you. There is no need for confusion when managing your maternity leave.
Do not underestimate how confusing and overwhelming this information can seem when presented by professionals whose prerogative it is to get you to return to work as soon as possible. With a clear understanding of the issues at hand, you will not be misled into believing that you need to return to work before it is absolutely necessary. Take control of your maternity leave by understanding what is available to you, and do not let ineffective HR steer you wrong. Getting help with your leave is the best thing you can do for yourself and your baby.
Q: When do I tell my boss or Human Resources that I'm pregnant?
A: While you could conceivably tell HR as soon as you find out, the exact timing would be extremely individual and dependent upon your circumstances. What if you're up for a raise or a promotion? We would need to discuss several factors to map out a plan specific for you so that these things aren't jeopardized.
Q: I think I understand how my leave will work: Do you think it's still worth it to set up an appointment?
A: Yes. Even if I only confirm what you already know, at least you will have an expert making sure that nothing slips through the cracks. A consultation is a lot less expensive than potentially losing out on thousands of dollars of pay or time at home with your baby. And you may still learn something new or clarify any remaining questions.
Q: I work in California, but my company is based in another state. Am I still entitled to California benefits?
A: If you are paid in the state of California--that is to say, you pay into the various state programs with your paycheck--then you are entitled to California benefits.
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