Whether you're a pregnant/new mother or an expectant father/partner, you're likely concerned about how much you can get paid during your leave and for how long you'll have job protection. This is an especially complicated matter when taking into account employer, state and federal leave policies. 


I will comb through all of your available maternity benefits to ensure that you understand what you are entitled to under the various leave laws such as FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) and PDL (Pregnancy Disability Leave), for example. I also provide a timeline of approximately how much paid maternity leave you can receive during the leave. By the end of our consultation, you will be well-informed and able to accurately convey to Human Resources the ins and outs of your leave plan. With a clear understanding of the issues at hand, you will not forfeit any income or be misled into believing that you need to return to work before it is absolutely necessary. And if you choose not to return to work, we can map out the timing of your exit strategy.

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.

Fathers/Non-Birth Parents

Even though fathers and partners may not be physically disabled by pregnancy, they are just as deserving of a leave of absence when their significant others give birth. Unfortunately, California paternity leave laws don't necessarily apply to everyone, so it's important to understand how long of a leave you can take.

Research has shown how critical it is for a father/partner to spend as much time as possible bonding with their newborn--for himself and his family. First-time dads in particular may underestimate just how important it is for them to be a steady presence in their homes in what can be a vulnerable period for all involved.

The amount of paternity leave available depends on a complex web of circumstances ranging from the size of the company employing him to his longevity with that employer. When notifying Human Resources of an impending birth, you'll need to be prepared to negotiate the very best terms for the timing and duration of your paternity leave--and that's where I come in.

Common Questions

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. Chances are, if you're on this website it's because you are unsure of something related to your maternity/paternity benefits; my service is guaranteed to bring peace of mind. And remember, the consultation fee is a lot less expensive than losing out on thousands of dollars of income or extra time at home with your baby.

Q: For how long can I receive disability?

A: The length of your disability is, for the most part, determined solely by your doctor. There is, however, one portion of time during the leave that potentially allows for individual control.

Q: How do I know if I'm eligible for SDI and PFL (paid family leave)?

A: If you have deductions on your paycheck for SDI and have been paying into the program over the past 5-18 months, then you're eligible and may receive payments pending the EDD application and approval process.

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