Know Your Maternity Leave Rights

What Other Laws Can I Turn To?

If your employer is not bound by any leave laws, you may find help through the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978. If your company has 15 or more employees and held a person's job during another type of medical disability -- say, a heart attack or car accident -- then it must reinstate you after medical disability due to pregnancy.

Another option for wage replacement is temporary disability insurance. Only five states (New York, New Jersey, California, Rhode Island, and Hawaii, as well as Puerto Rico) have state-run temporary disability plans. These only cover those weeks during which you're medically unable to work, and it excludes fathers and adoptive parents.

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