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Understand your leave request rights as an employee

If your employer is obligated to obey the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), you need to be aware of your rights when it comes to requesting leave -- because you certainly can't expect your employer to explain them to you or look out for your welfare.

Can I take family medical leave after my baby is born?

Under the Family Medical Leave Act, mothers have the right to take time off before and after childbirth or after the adoption of a baby. This is because the transition that all mothers go through is never easy, and it takes time before life will normalize again. Rather than facing the threat of losing her job, a mother has the right to receive maternity leave under the FMLA and return to the same company after.

Protect your rights under the Family Medical Leave Act

The Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was created to offer some classifications of employees 12 weeks of job-protected leave in certain circumstances. The FMLA further requires businesses to offer their employees group health benefits, which must continue during any leave period.

3 benefits afforded by the Family Medical Leave Act

You might know that the Family Medical Leave Act lets you take time off when you have a baby. It also lets qualified employees take time off for other medical matters or to assist an immediate relative with a medical need, but it doesn't guarantee you'll be paid during that time off. The FMLA is meant to protect someone's job and ensure they can return once the medical urgency has been taken care of.

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.

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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