The Cost of Poor National Maternity Leave Policies

WorkEngagement

The New York Times published a graphic over the weekend that is currently making the rounds on social media showing paid maternity leave policies in every country in the world. The striking thing about the graphic for American readers is … Continue reading → Leadership Organizational Change Uncategorized benefits maternity leave resiliency

Why The U.S. NEEDS A Better Maternity Leave Policy

Career Realism

However, something a lot of working women struggle with once they decide to become mothers is whether or not they will be offered paid maternity leave, and whether or not they should take it. doesn't have a federal policy on paid maternity leave. That means it's up to the states to decide if new mothers get paid leave, and if so, how long the leave lasts and how much they're compensated.

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Why The U.S. NEEDS A Better Maternity Leave Policy

Career Realism

However, something a lot of working women struggle with once they decide to become mothers is whether or not they will be offered paid maternity leave, and whether or not they should take it. doesn't have a federal policy on paid maternity leave. That means it's up to the states to decide if new mothers get paid leave, and if so, how long the leave lasts and how much they're compensated.

Tech Giants Are Expanding Parental Leave — What About the Rest of Us?

Workology

Last week Netflix announced a new “unlimited” paid parental leave policy and Microsoft an expansion of their program to 12 weeks. This week Adobe announced their paid maternal leave benefits would expand to 26 weeks. Will the trend of increasing parental leave expand past the tech industry? Parental Leave Adds Value for Employees. At Adobe, the expansion of maternity leave wasn’t the only announcement.

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Eggs, Milk and Discrimination: Parental Work Perks That Don’t Work

Workology

It’s also hot news whenever a tech giant or unicorn offers breast milk delivery or extends parental leave. Extended parental leaves look great on paper, but in reality employees rarely use all that extra time. And while IBM and other tech companies are sending breast milk home when you’re stuck at the office or travelling for work, the necessity of breast milk delivery is a result of moms not being able to take full maternity leave.

2015 108

Unlimited Vacation & Parental Leave – It’s Good to Be In the 1%

Workology

There’s been a lot of buzz lately about unlimited vacation and parental leave. On August 4 th , 2015 Netflix’s Chief Talent Officer, Tawni Cranz announced a new unlimited leave policy for new moms and dads during the first year after a child’s birth or adoption. The company I work for, a la mode technologies recently announced a four-day workweek, as well as unlimited vacation and parental leave. ” Ultimately, unlimited vacation and leave is about trust.

2015 103

Does Your Leave Policy Promote the Working Parent?

Workology

While checking out some articles trending for International Women’s Day this past Sunday I came across this neat article in the Washington Post, “An unusual new policy for working mothers” in which they describe Vodafone Group’s new global maternity policy. In addition to 16 weeks of paid leave Vodafone have added another unique benefit. I think that what Vodafone has done is innovative and bleeding edge in terms of maternity leave policy.

2015 107

Parental Work Perks That Don’t Work

Workology

It’s also hot news whenever a tech giant or unicorn offers breast milk delivery or extends parental leave. Extended parental leaves look great on paper, but in reality employees rarely use all that extra time. And while IBM and other tech companies are sending breast milk home when you’re stuck at the office or travelling for work, the necessity of breast milk delivery is a result of moms not being able to take full maternity leave.

2015 60

I got chastised for taking initiative, coworker secretly plans to quit after maternity leave, and more

Ask a Manager

I know my coworker secretly plans to quit after her maternity leave. We have a temp coming in to transition her work during her leave from June to October. I think taking months of maternity leave pay and benefits, knowing you are going to quit shortly thereafter (within 2 months), is robbery and a truly bad thing to do. That said, even if you told HR, they can’t deny her the ability to use her leave, so her plan will go forward anyway.

What to Expect When They’re Expecting

Workology

As HR Leaders, knowing the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) like the back of your hand is expected. Consider including the following: Applicable FMLA/FSLA policy documents and guides, anything else that might be useful regarding their rights as employees, preferably in unified formats. Location of lactation room(s) for those who will need them when they return from leave.

2015 99

Pregnant? When, How, and What to Tell Your Boss

Sklover Working Wisdom

I know from many of my clients’ case histories that notifying their employer of a newly confirmed pregnancy, and then “navigating” the process of the many details of “pre-leave,” “leave,” and “post-leave,” were harrowing. You can also use these suggestions as a kind of checklist for your Maternity Leave planning. Perhaps in no context is that more relevant than it is in matters of pregnancy and maternity. “ It’s a great thing about being pregnant –.

2016 100

“I must take care of my sick child; can I get unemployment?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

2004 and in April 2009 I had a little boy that we would soon learn had a lot of medical conditions, I took 12 weeks maternity leave and then had gotten a sabbatical leave, without pay. My employer also had me use all of my vacation time before my sabbatical leave. This leave lasted 14 months, my son underwent 4 surgeries during this time 2 open heart surgeries, 2 eye surgeries and also a heart cath. Q & A Unemployment Benefits

2011 122

Ace Your Next Job Interview

Career Alley

As tempting as it might be to ask about a company’s time off and benefits policies (e.g. That said, if the interviewer communicates the company’s time off policies with you, feel free to ask one to two questions about the policies that the interviewer has already discussed. When it comes to feeling nervous during a one-on-one conversation, interviewing for a new job ranks up there with going out on a first date.

2015 245

Does Your Employer Offer #PaternityLeave? Check Out These Great Companies For Working Dads

Career Realism

Fortunately, some companies have generous paternity leave policies that give new dads the ability to take time off of work to stay home with their child. Bank Of America Bank of America offers up to 16 weeks of fully paid paternity and maternity leave. Roche Diagnostics offers a 8-week parental bonding leave to its employees. What kind of cool benefits does your company offer its employees? Paternity leave Working dads

2019 59

Why Do I Have to go to Mandatory Counseling

Evil HR Lady

Friday, August 20, 2010 Why Do I Have to go to Mandatory Counseling Sometimes policies are just ridiculous, but as long as they are relatively harmless, just grin and bear it. And yes, I'd be very annoyed by this "policy." I'm with the others on this one, Suzanne; this is one of the policies that companies need to realize is applied blindly and be kicked in the shins for (proverbially, not literally, of course!). Evil HR Lady Why am I evil?

2010 100

Interview Traps to Identify and Avoid

Career Alley

As tempting as it might be to ask about a company’s time off and benefits policies (e.g. That said, if the interviewer communicates the company’s time off policies with you, feel free to ask one to two questions about the policies that the interviewer has already discussed. “ Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. ” – Buddha. Guest post by Rhonda Campbell. Ace Your Next Job Interview.

2012 227

Dovetail Software: Employee Relations Case Management

Workology

While on maternity leave in my corporate HR Director role, it was not uncommon for me to receive phone calls or emails from my HR colleagues and peers who had questions concerning past employee conversations, HR documentation, and requests. The problem with this is that I was on maternity leave and on taking unpaid time off. Benefits of a HR Record Software System. Employee Relations Case Management Software Utopia.

2012 105

Baby On Board! How To Job Search While Pregnant

Career Realism

What kind of benefits are going to be important to you as a mom? Quality of Insurance/Benefits. Parental Leave Policies. Don’t talk about maternity-leave until you’ve gotten the offer. While it’s tempting to ask about the company’s maternity-leave policy during the hiring process, Augustine strongly recommends holding off until you’ve been offered the job — in writing. Baby On Board! How To Job Search While Pregnant.

2016 63

In Defense of Downtime

Workology

What if I leave my laptop behind…. When I extend an offer to a candidate, I always linger a bit over benefits, specifically time off. I break down our vacation policy, which is pretty great, and remind our soon-to-be employees the importance of downtime. I couldn’t even take a proper maternity leave with my last two children without checking in more often than necessary. Ahhh, vacation. In about two weeks I’ll be headed to backwoods Illinois by way of St.

2014 98

is allowing smoke breaks unfair to non-smokers? — Ask a Manager

Ask A Manager

January 6, 2011 A reader writes: How do I determine where the line is between enforcing policy and being a jerk? Example: my workplace (a restaurant) has no policy for smoke breaks. But it DOES have a policy where you get a 10 minute break for every 4 hours you work, and a half hour for every 6 hours you work (it amounts to a break every 2 hours, more or less). However, you also want to make sure that it makes sense to have that policy in the first place.

2011 72

7 Things You Need to Know Before Working Abroad

Corn on the Job

For instance, you might have more or less maternity leave and holiday pay. If you worried about injuring yourself at work, make sure you speak to your employer about their health and safety policies. There are so many benefits to becoming an expat, and you’ll soon be able to enjoy all of them. Moving overseas can be both scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be!

2020 40

7 Things Dads Should Ask About Before Taking The Job

Career Realism

Based on my research interviewing fathers about how they balance work and family , here are some important benefits that will help you achieve some kind of balance: 1. Paid Paternity Leave. Most employers that offer paid leave distinguish between maternity leave and paternity leave, although a small number offer “gender-neutral” parental leave. Family Health Benefits. Health insurance benefits vary quite a bit among employers.

2013 87

birthdays with food restrictions, quitting right before your boss goes on leave, and more

Ask a Manager

Quitting when my boss is about to go on maternity leave. My boss is scheduled to go on maternity leave in two weeks. I’ve been with this company for about 11 months but recently received a job offer at another company with much better benefits and pay.

2020 34

Justice Department Sues Nation's Largest Mortgage Insurance.

HireCentrix

Compensaton and Benefits. Justice Department Sues Nation’s Largest Mortgage Insurance Provider for Discrimination Against Women on Paid Maternity Leave. WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that it has sued the Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC), the nation’s largest mortgage insurance company, and two of its underwriters, Elgina Cunningham and Kelly Kane, for violating the Fair Housing Act by discriminating against women on paid maternity leave.

can’t take more than a week of vacation at a time, leaving work after dark, and more

Ask a Manager

Rather my question to you and your readers is this: is limiting vacation time to no more than a week a common policy? I’m curious whether this is a company-wide policy or if it just applies to you because of payroll. Leaving work when our parking lot is dark and deserted. Now when I leave for the day, I’m walking out into a poorly lit parking lot, and (unless I’ve managed to swipe a closer spot on my break) that walk can be extended.

2018 27

intern signs emails with “stay gold,” can I wear black jeans to a job interview, and more

Ask a Manager

What’s a reasonable comp time policy? I’m struggling with our policy on compensatory time for travel. For example, an employee leaves at 8 am to drive five hours to conference destination, participates in an evening event ending at 10 pm. What is a reasonable policy here? If the reason for going isn’t so clear-cut (like it’s mostly personal desire, but there’s some benefit to the employer to her being there, etc.), It’s five answers to five questions.

2020 40

my boss is showing off his new $900,000 house, my weakness is my temper, and more

Ask a Manager

Should I leave out the frustration bit and just focus on my other weakness during those questions? Our office’s HR department is looking at our HR policies and ways to mitigate any pandemic issues, particular because of coronavirus concerns and our open office set-up. One policy they are thinking about implementing is a policy where employees must document illness symptoms and submit those symptoms to HR in order to track a virus through the office.

2020 28

List of things I hate #3 | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

Maternity leave It’s not that I don’t like the topic. Take paid maternity leave no matter what. So even if you quit when maternity leave is over, take paid leave. The US makes women earn maternity leave. Snoop on other people's careers to gain self-knowledge Blame yourself first: Answers to letters from readers, sort of How to decide how much to reveal about yourself Comments (184) Leave a Comment I so agree with #1.

2010 67

7 Things You Didn’t Know About Working At Nike

Career Realism

In fact, according to a study by Opinion Research Corporation , 66% of those surveyed felt more productive as a result of the summer hours policy at their companies. Not everyone has the luxury of leaving the office early to enjoy some fun in the sun during the summer months. Industry experts estimate that only 4-8% of companies offer the benefit of an on-site daycare center. For some companies, work is about coming in, doing a job, and leaving.

2019 64

manager ordered me to get along with a coworker, handling work when a family member is on trial, and more

Ask A Manager

He put me on something else for the rest of the day, but as I was leaving informed me i could “deal with it or quit.” Should I leave a job I hate for a short-term job in my hometown? It’s a short-term position with benefits, and I will be out of work in a year. I’m torn; I really want this job and to leave my current job/city — any advice? Paid holidays when on maternity leave.

2013 56

terse answer Thursday: 8 short answers to 8 short questions

Ask A Manager

My company has a policy that it is OK to check personal emails as long as it does not interfere with work (like on breaks or lunch). Ethics of maternity leave As a manager, what are you thoughts about an employee who goes maternity leave but then doesn’t return? Specifically, if they go on leave knowing they probably won’t come back? I am going on leave in two months and seriously doubt I will return to my job.

2011 57

becoming a receptionist against my will, baking for one employee but not the other, and more

Ask a Manager

Our executive director is taking a paid sabbatical — what about paid leave for others? I work at a small nonprofit (30 staff) and our executive director just left for a three-month sabbatical leave. This is not something that has ever happened before in our history, and she is planning on creating a formal policy when she returns. Should I try and fight for pay when I go on maternity leave, or will my 2.5 It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2020 29

my coworker gets angry when we chew, peer interviews, and more

Ask a Manager

Our workplace is all for accommodations when prescribed (and we do have policies around accommodations), but again, this is an undiagnosed condition, and she is not being asked to do anything to help alleviate her reactions. Recently, a few of my colleagues resigned, and she gave all of them unsolicited advice and opinion on their decisions to leave. After each of them had left, Bianca started asking everyone why so-and-so would even consider leaving when the benefits are so good.

2019 26

reading into things when you shouldn’t, an overly negative staff, and more

Ask A Manager

instigated an open door policy and made it clear that I was there to help with any problems, especially with our patients, who are often stressed by their situation and can be very demanding. Their attitudes and behavior are making me feel incredibly resentful and I feel like I just want to leave. In other words, none of this means anything, you’re trying to read tea leaves when it’s fruitless to attempt it, and all you can really do is wait and see how it plays out.

2013 58

I want to lie to my boss about missing a flight, what kind of kitchen supplies should an office provide, and more

Ask A Manager

That said, your office has never supplied this stuff so I suppose that it’s not outrageous if you choose to simply continue that policy … but typically the morale hit that petty cuts like this cause (if it were a cut, which I realize it’s not) cost you way more than $300. With maternity leave and disability, I will not be returning to the job until late October. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2014 53

talkative job candidates, baby showers at work, and more

Ask a Manager

One of my coworkers, Arya, is seven months pregnant, and I think she’s going to take maternity leave fairly soon. On the other hand, if you skip Arya and then the next pregnant person does get a shower, then now Arya has been slighted … which is why managers should keep an eye on this kind of thing and not leave it totally up to others.). I’m not talking about strategy or internal policies or other issues that may be above my paygrade.

2019 31

short answer Saturday — 7 short answers to 7 short questions

Ask A Manager

My old employer was really sad to see me leave and valued my work, so I feel like they would consider me if they had an opening. And of course I would just ask them to let me know when they hire again (which they do at least once a year, or as people leave). When I told them I was leaving, they offered me a giant raise, which I declined. I do not know whether it is time to leave my team or try to work with him to see what is going on.

2013 54

updates: the sick leave pressure, the overload of vacation time, and more

Ask a Manager

My boss pressures me to take sick leave, but I can’t afford to. I mentioned in my resignation how I felt their weather policy is dangerous and they should consider giving the employee some say in if it is safe to drive. It would require a significant pay raise to get him to leave, because adding him to my insurance would take a big chunk out of my salary and most other jobs on his blue collar level do NOT offer such great benefits. It’s “where are you now?”

2018 28

getting a friend fired, employer is controlling workers’ LinkedIn accounts, and more

Ask a Manager

I have been unemployed (or on extended maternity leave) for four years. The two of you were co-conspirators in this fraud, and it was for your benefit. My company has a policy of requiring us to dock our sick/vacation time on an hourly basis. This is company policy. They said if there is a company policy in place, they can deduct by the hour. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go….

2015 31

my coworker/girlfriend might get fired soon, employee wants a second paid month off for her dissertation, and more

Ask a Manager

This is not a standard policy/practice, and many of us were upset with what we considered unfair treatment. She is also pregnant, and will take 16 weeks leave this coming fall/winter. Keep her maternity leave out of it though; that shouldn’t be a consideration, and it’s legally iffy to make it one.). If so, that would be a hugely attractive benefit for people. It’s four answers to four questions. Here we go….

2019 26

manager blocked internal move, salary when moving to part-time, and more

Ask a Manager

In the meantime, she asked me to reach out to the operations manager and HR director regarding salary and benefits. My husband insists that if I’ll be going to an hourly rate as a part-time employee, I should earn more per hour, since I won’t have the option of benefits and do not get PTO. My employer (a large company) advertised a post (to internal and external candidates) for a secondment to cover someone’s maternity leave.

Wage 20

Illegal Discrimination in Tech? Hardly

Evil HR Lady

PS And I want the women who leave work to pick up their kids at daycare every day at 5 sharp and who take a year or two off with the baby to quit whining that they are not CEO. Here's a hint for you - in nations that require paternity leave in addition to maternity leave those differences disappear. So where are all these crowds of women that leave at the end of the workday (the horror! Evil HR Lady Why am I evil?

giving a job interviewer a free sample from my Etsy shop, who owns what I created at work, and more

Ask a Manager

It’s almost as if I’m looking at it as something I’m going to do, but I’m weighing my options on the benefit of the timing, if any. I started this job when I was pregnant, so I’ve had to get back in the swing of things after maternity leave and am also dealing with the frequent interruptions that pumping breastmilk at work brings. It’s five answers to five questions. Here we go…. Giving a job interviewer a free sample from my Etsy shop.