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Episode 147 Content and Overview

Maternity leave is the name for taking time off from work after you have a baby. The amount of time that your maternity leave lasts varies a lot depending on what country you live in, the company you work for, and your personal financial situation. Paternity leave is the counter part of maternity leave for dads and partners. It can be a challenge to understand what is covered by your employer, to navigate federal or state programs, and prepare financially for your family. Planning for maternity leave is a big project and this episode breaks it down into manageable tasks that you can knock out so that you are totally prepared to be off from work and enjoy spending time with your new baby.

Included in This Episode
  • Paternal leave around the world
  • OECD Parental Leave Systems
  • U.S. Department of Labor Family Medical Leave Act Info
  • U.S. State sponsored programs
  • Employer sponsored paid leave
  • When should I tell my boss I am pregnant?
  • Combining employer maternity leave with government assistance
  • Maternity leave for entrepreneurs
  • Talking to your partner about finances
  • Savings
  • Figuring out your cost of living
  • Deciding on the amount of time to take off
  • Vacation, personal time, and sick days
  • How health insurance and other benefits work when you are on leave
  • Talking to your employer
  • Making a smooth transition at work
  • Setting boundaries for your work contacting you
  • The motherhood penalty
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Explaining the Motherhood Wage Penalty During the Early Occupational Career
  • When you are not planning to return to work after birth
  • Planning to return to work
  • Options for childcare
  • Pumping breastmilk
  • Building a stash and pumping at work
  • U.S. Department of Labor Break Time for Nursing Mother’s Info
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