If you lived in Sweden, you could look forward to 96 weeks paid maternity leave -- a year of that time at 80 percent of your regular salary. But unless you're planning to relocate, it pays to plan ahead for the period of unpaid leave many moms in the U.S. must manage in the early months of their baby's life.
The law provides some options. The rest you'll need to map out yourself with your employer. If you work for a company with more than 50 employees and you are eligible under the rules, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides for 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. During that time, your employer must continue your health insurance coverage and allow you to return to the same job or an equivalent one.
Here are some other options for getting the most out of your maternity leave:
Source: Mercer Human Resources Consulting
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