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Checklist: What to Ask HR About Maternity Leave

Every company’s different, and state laws differ, too. When you’re ready to talk to human resources, bring these questions. And take notes!

[] What is going to happen during the rest of my pregnancy?

[] What kind of paid and unpaid leave is available?

[] While I am on leave, is my job protected?

[] What provisions are there for me to ease into coming back?

[] What type of leave do I have to cover my doctor’s appointments?

[] Is there less strenuous work available while I am pregnant?

[] What kind of policies do we have for maternity leave and bonding time?

[] Am I covered by the Family and Medical Leave Act or a similar state law?

[] What kind of policies do we have for short-term disability?

[] Does our state have a temporary disability program?

[] What will happen to my job while I am gone?

[] What will happen to my benefits while I am on leave?

[] What policies do you have to support new parents on the job?


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