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June 2016 Archives

Four tips for preparing for maternity leave

One of the benefits of the federal Family and Medical Leave Act is that mothers who are going to give birth are often afforded up to 12 weeks off to recover from the process and bond with their child. While federal law doesn't require that the leave be paid, many mothers use accrued PTO to help fund it, and California offers additional leave and pay protections. In some cases, certain types of insurance might also help cover maternity leave.

What are nondiscrimination reasons for wrongful termination?

Often when we talk about wrongful termination, we discuss specifics to cases that involved discrimination. Federal and many state laws make it illegal to discharge an employee based solely on factors such as race, religion, gender, age, disability or pregnancy. Some states are also passing laws to protect people from being fired solely because of their sexuality. However, you might file a wrongful termination lawsuit for reasons that have nothing to do with discrimination.

When does Family Medical Leave Act protection kick in?

Do you have to officially provide your employer with a notice that you are invoking rights under the Family Medical Leave Act to be protected by that law? A judge in one court case says no, but each situation in employment law is usually unique.

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