Maternity Leave Policy


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									This document sets forth a company’s maternity leave policy. There are important and
specific laws that should be addressed by a company with respect to maternity leave
including compliance with the FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act). As drafted, this
provision is designed to set company maternity leave guidelines to be in compliance
with the FMLA. In addition to federal law, employers should be sure they are in
compliance with state law as well. This provision should be included in a company’s
employee handbook.
                                        Maternity Leave Policy

It is our company’s policy that the rights of expectant mothers should be protected. It is the
policy of _______________________ [company name] that women who are pregnant, or
experiencing physical issues related to pregnancy or childbirth, should be treated in the same
manner as any employee who is experiencing physical challenges and is unable to work as a
result. Our company intends to comply with Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, amended by
the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

Additionally, the Company recognizes the employee’s rights and responsibilities under the
FMLA, otherwise known as the Family and Medical Leave Act, applicable state and local family
leave law, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under company policy, paid leave may be
substituted for unpaid maternity leave under the paid-leave substitution provisions of FMLA

Employees are eligible for FMLA leave if they:

1.    Have worked for the company for at least twelve (12) months; and
2.    Have worked at least 1,250 hours for the company during the twelve (12) calendar
months immediately preceding the request for leave.

The twelve (12) months of service need not be consecutive. Employment before a break in
service of seven (7) years or more will not be counted, unless the break in service was caused by
the employee’s active duty with the National Guard or reserve, or there was a written agreement
that the employer intended to rehire the employee after the break in service.

Employees with any questions about their eligibility for FMLA leave should contact the Human
Resources Department.

Pregnant employees are able to work until they are unable, as confirmed by their physician. Once
they cease work, they are entitled to receive benefits according to the company’s short-term
disability insurance plan.

Once the employee returns to work, they are entitled to the same or equivalent position as when
they left. If the employee fails to return to work after being authorized by their physician, the
company             will           consider          the          employee           terminated.

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