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Family Leave - Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Adoption Leave

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Family Leave - Maternity Leave, Paternity Leave, Adoption Leave
Antoine Barrillon
Definition: Family leave, which includes maternity leave, paternity leave, and adoption leave, provides for paid or unpaid time off from work after the birth or adoption of a child.

The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
Under the The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) covered employers must grant an eligible employee up to a total of 12 work weeks of unpaid leave during any 12-month period for one or more of the following reasons:

  • for the birth and care of the newborn child of the employee
  • for placement with the employee of a son or daughter for adoption or foster care

Short Term Disability Benefits
Some states provide short term disability benefits, and in those that do, a mom would be covered after the birth. Maternity disability is typical 6 - 8 weeks. Your employer may also provide additional disability coverage.

Employer Provided Family Leave
Some employers provide additional family leave benefits to their employees, so check with your Human Resources department to see what benefits are available if you or your spouse or partner are adding to your family.

If your company does not provide maternity leave, you could request an unpaid leave, but the company is not required to provide it.

DISCLAIMER: The information in this article is from United States and individual State government resources, from private parties, and from some non-U.S. governmental resources. Most government websites do provide ways for you to ask questions and receive additional, personal assistance. Seek legal assistance, however, if your questions are inadequately answered, if you are uncertain, or if your situation is unusual. Please seek legal assistance, or assistance from State, Federal, or International governmental resources to make certain your legal interpretation and decisions are correct. This information is for guidance only.

Also Known As: family leave, maternity leave, paternity leave, adoption leave, parental leave
Examples:
Annamarie's employer provided 12 weeks of paid maternity leave to all employees.

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