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.

“While on Maternity Leave, can I attend a trade conference?”

Sklover Working Wisdom

As a general rule of thumb, it’s the Mother’s Leave of Absence; she is free to do as she pleases while on it. In my 30+ years as an employment attorney, I have never heard of any law or company policy that stipulates what a new Mom can do, or cannot do, while on her Maternity Leave. It is her right, her leave, her time, her baby, and her business what she does on that leave of absence. Considering not returning after Maternity Leave?

Maternity Leave Problems

Evil HR Lady

We have an employee (paralegal) who is currently out of the office on maternity leave. Her work product prior to leaving was average. How can I (should I) do this while she is out on maternity leave? Not saying that things can't be hidden from managers, but when you wait until the person is out on maternity leave, it looks awfully suspicious. Keep to the strict policies that (I hope!) I’m the managing attorney at a small law firm.

Maternity Leave Problems

Evil HR Lady

We have an employee (paralegal) who is currently out of the office on maternity leave. Her work product prior to leaving was average. How can I (should I) do this while she is out on maternity leave? Not saying that things can't be hidden from managers, but when you wait until the person is out on maternity leave, it looks awfully suspicious. Keep to the strict policies that (I hope!) I’m the managing attorney at a small law firm.

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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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

update from the reader whose male colleagues didn’t believe she’d return from maternity leave

Ask A Manager

Remember the reader whose male colleagues kept making comments about how she wouldn’t return from maternity leave , despite her clear statements that she would be returning? Here’s her update: I’m presently out on maternity leave, actually. My job involves travel, but the policy has always been to give new parents a year off of those projects as it tends to involve being away from home for 3-4 weeks at a time.

Employers Provide Too Little Leave Time

Workology

My first thought was employers are not providing enough leave. Statistics on Taking leave time. Military leave (17.2%). Maternity leave, paternity leave and adoption leave (8.6%). Someone make me feel better about businesses and tell me about your time off policies. As people take time off around the holidays we in HR tend to think of how much time people are taking. Sometimes you may think that people are getting too much.

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.

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

When Your Personal Brand Scares the Hell Out of the Corporate Brand

Workology

It was February 2009 and I returned to work after a 10 week maternity leave. You see during my maternity leave, my team steered this ship without me with occasional visits from my new boss who I was assigned to as part of a corporate restructure just two weeks before my maternity leave began. Social Media Technology brand ambassadors social media at work social media policies social media policy workplace social media

2011 110

The Era of Corporate Social Media Discrimination

Workology

This position was very important and was responsible for a project that goes lives just about the time that the candidate would be on maternity leave. Old laws. New tools. Social media.

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

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." Evil HR Lady Why am I evil?

2010 130

How to Navigate Through Menopause AND Your Career

Ms. Career Girl

And for some women, the struggle can cause them to leave their field before they ever thought they would. Better yet, companies should have a menopause policy in addition to their maternity leave plans. What does a menopause policy look like? A supportive menopause policy can simply mean an opportunity to discuss health without fear of reprisal, and low-cost supports, like flexible start hours, time off to visit the doctor, and even things like desk fans.

2020 100

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. Paternity leave Working dadsStarting a family is one of the biggest milestones in a person's life.

2019 57

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

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

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. Often times, employees are in need of very specific information like information on the company’s employee bereavement policy.

2012 105

5 Reasons Having A Baby Won’t Ruin Your Career

Career Realism

Maternity Leave Options. One of the most important parts of maintaining a career at the same time as having a baby is knowing your company’s maternity leave policies. If you have been with a company for a while then you not only may have time off built up, but you will have access to maternity leave and pay while you are out delivering and spending time with your baby.

2013 86

Baby On Board! How To Job Search While Pregnant

Career Realism

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. Research the company’s parental-leave policy on sites such as Working Mother, Glassdoor, and CareerBliss. Baby On Board! How To Job Search While Pregnant.

2016 63

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. However, you also want to make sure that it makes sense to have that policy in the first place.

2011 91

From Teaching to Climate Change

Career Shifters

I lead policy and positioning on climate change for my organisation. Having just had a baby and returned to work after maternity leave, I would love to have more time to spend with her. "While there were many aspects of the job that I enjoyed, I needed more of a challenge." How long have you been thinking about making a career change? For Alison Wright, the answer was 'too long'.

2016 151

Seven Short Q & A’s on Saturday

Sklover Working Wisdom

Misstatements and inaction regarding your efforts to gain advancement in retaliation for your filing an objection should constitute a prohibited retaliation under your employer’s policies. My suggested remedy: first, review your employer’s anti-retaliation policies; second, file a written complaint by email. Question 5: I f on a PIP when I went on maternity leave, what happens when I return? First, there is no written policy surrounding this issue.

2011 126

In Defense of Downtime

Workology

What if I leave my laptop behind…. 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. I’m going to leave my laptop at home, disable my email on my phone and enlist my friends and family to keep me focused on what matters. Ahhh, vacation.

2014 98

Build a Culture of Workplace Flexibility

Workology

herself having just come off a work-from-home-maternity-leave), issued a personnel policy requiring all remote-working employees to convert to in-office roles. Time off from work can be thought of in two categories: time off that is anticipated and planned (vacations, holidays, planned medical events such as surgery or pregnancy) and time off that is unanticipated and unplanned (unplanned medical or disability leave, sick children, jury duty, etc). How time flies!

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. Moving overseas can be both scary and overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! By preparing yourself to become an expat, you can focus on enjoying yourself and being excited for all of the different opportunities that are yet to come.

2020 40

Why a Recruiter is the 2nd Most Important Role at Your Technology Company

Workology

Her entire female engineering team became pregnant and would be going on maternity leave. Push for at least 18-month no-poach policies with external recruiters. Join me for a webinar on sourcing & hiring hacks 10/16 at 12 PM CST where we discuss ways to recruit technical talent. Click here to register. . Sourcing is the process of actively seeking out candidates most often through the use of the Internet.

2014 101

10 Things That Haven’t Changed For Women In The Business World

Career Realism

Poor Maternity-Leave Policies. lacks a formal, national maternity leave program. Remember that old cigarette ad that proclaimed: “You’ve come a long way, baby?” It was introduced in 1968 by Virginia Slims, which linked smoking with female empowerment and equality. When we look closely at women in the business world, however, we may not have come as far as we think.

2014 85

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. Just tell her ASAP — like today — so she has as much time to get things rolling before she leaves as possible. Can I leave off the section entirely?

2020 32

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Evil HR Lady

I don't, however, think it's ethical to hop jobs and then either a) leave them in a lurch or b) feel like I cannot stay home if I want to because I changed jobs so recently (which also brings up FMLA). Not that FMLA is the be-all-end-all of maternity leave, but it is what it is.) You have to have worked for a place for a year, and they must have at least 50 employees in order to even be required to grant you the 12 weeks leave.

2008 100

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Evil HR Lady

I don't, however, think it's ethical to hop jobs and then either a) leave them in a lurch or b) feel like I cannot stay home if I want to because I changed jobs so recently (which also brings up FMLA). Not that FMLA is the be-all-end-all of maternity leave, but it is what it is.) You have to have worked for a place for a year, and they must have at least 50 employees in order to even be required to grant you the 12 weeks leave.

2008 100

The Face of Pro-Family (Singapore edition)

Job Hunt Doctor

One of the items in the scheme that draw attention to the luncheon was the 16-week maternity leave that the government was putting in place. Be the first to Tweet this post ) maternity leave , pro-family , singapore Share this post! You can leave a response or trackback from your own site. As a female employee probably will get married, give birth to a child and raise her son/daughter, from employers’ point of view, she will leave the company eventually.

2008 40

7 Things Dads Should Ask About Before Taking The Job

Career Realism

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. Few companies offer fully paid paternity leave so look closely at both the amount of leave available and the options for pay during this leave. So you’re looking for a job, any job.

2013 87

forced to come to work sick, distracted manager, and more

Ask A Manager

It’s common in food service jobs for workers to be pressured to come to work even when sick (and it’s an industry that often doesn’t provide sick leave), but your employer is being especially bad by ignoring a call with your doctor. Can my employer make me cover my tattoo when we don’t have a policy against them? Previously, the company I work for had a no-visible-tattoo policy, which was clearly stated in our company handbook.

2013 56

“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. Question : I started working for my employer in Nov.

2011 122

Justice Department Sues Nation's Largest Mortgage Insurance.

HireCentrix

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. Be our Friend.

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? That said, that’s an awfully broad policy — all of Asia? In a previous job, a colleague with a similar background moved to a great startup during my maternity leave.

2020 40

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.