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Family and medical leave affects working moms

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A mother often has to balance a lot, with the family and a career both needing a substantial amount of time. This need to balance can be a source of stress, as it can seem as if there are not enough hours in the day to do it all. Of course, a key factor is how much family and medical leave is available. If there is enough, working moms can more easily balance home and career responsibilities. Sometimes, however, the amount of leave seems insufficient.

Some moms go through extensive calculations to see how much time they can accord to family responsibilities. They might look at all avenues, from leave guaranteed under the Family and Medical Leave Act to accrued sick days. Many realize that the options available may be different from what they presumed.

For that reason, researching options can be time well-invested. For example, a working mom might want to know that the FMLA only guarantees that her job will be held for her for 12 weeks. Additionally, that leave is unpaid, which means that many moms can't afford to take all of it off.

Correspondingly, some scramble to check on paid vacation time so they can be with a new baby without losing income. Others look at short-term disability as another way to augment income while on leave. These are just a few of the possibilities that working moms explore while working to manage career and family needs simultaneously.

Because successful resolution of these circumstances is so important to the personal and professional lives of many women, it may be worthwhile for them to seek out help. There are attorneys who specialize in identifying the types of leave available, and helping both working mothers and working fathers get all that is due to them.

Source: Greeley Tribune, "Family Medical Leave: A Working Mother's View" Jenn Seedorf, Nov. 30, 2014

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