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  Maternity Leave

At long last, nine months of waiting has culminated in the arrival of your baby and you are both resting comfortably. You are just beginning the process of adjusting to your post delivery life. The tops and bottoms, t-shirts, skirts and sweaters that your maternity wear wardrobe consisted of have been packed away. Now it is time to explore the various options available to you as a working mom.

Maternity or family leave refers to a period of time that a new mother (and sometimes father) take off from work after the birth (or adoption) of a child. This period is generally limited to six weeks from the date of birth and is not always a paid leave. For the most part, larger companies are more likely then smaller companies to have positive policies with regard to maternity leave.
The laws pertaining to maternity leave differ from state to state and special care should be taken to consult with your company's Human Resources Department to determine how to best structure your absence. Most parents use a combination of sick days, vacation time and personal days in conjunction with whatever time their company allocates for maternity leave.

The "Family and Medical Leave Act" (FMLA) was enacted to ensure that new parents would not be left completely un-protected. The act basically allows for 12 weeks of un-paid medical leave for new parents. This act is only relevant for those who are employed by large companies.

Short-term disability is another option for new parents. Larger companies typically have a small portion of your paycheck deducted each month to pay into this plan. Short-term disability can cover anywhere from 50% to 100% of your paycheck during your maternity leave for up to 12 weeks (although 6 weeks is more likely).

Companies which have private short-term disability insurance, as opposed to those who have it through the government may also require you to use vacation and sick days prior to using short-term disability benefits. As with other kinds of leave, the terms of short-term disability benefits differ from company to company and parents should consult with Human Resources or other qualified personnel.

For general questions regarding your rights as a paid employee working in the United States, please contact the U.S. Department of Labor, Wage and Hour Division at 200 Constitution Ave, NW Washington, DC 20210. They can also be reached by phone at 1-866-487-9243.

For clothing to wear during your maternity leave and of course while you are pregnant, be sure to visit our home page . We carry tops and bottoms in an assortment of fabrics and colors specifically tailored to make you as comfortable as possible. You don't have to worry about compromising on your sense of style because we carry something for every occasion so make Lilo Maternity your first and last stop for maternity wear.

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