Planning Your Maternity Leave
As you plan your maternity leave, you may want to consider the following questions.
Questions to Ask Yourself
- How long do I want to continue working before the baby is due?
- Do I want or need to take time off towards the end of my pregnancy?
- Does my job expose me to health hazards or require excessively long hours?
- Am I at risk for preterm labor?
- After the baby is born, do I plan to return to work? When?
- Am I able to adjust my work schedule in terms of working fewer days a week, or fewer hours in the day? Is flex-time or job-sharing an option?
- Can I afford to do what I want in terms of my maternity leave?
Early in your pregnancy investigate and discuss your planned leave with your employer. It is essential to have an agreement with your employer in writing before you begin your maternity leave.
Contact your Human Resource or Personnel representative to determine if you qualify for state or employer disability payments. Appropriate forms are usually available through your employer or by contacting the California State Disability Claims office at (415) 929-5760 or 749-7400.
Other telephone numbers you may need:
Fair Employment and Housing CommissionOpens new window (for copies of California's regulations)
Employment: (800) 884-1684
Housing: (800) 233-3212
US Department of Labor, Wage & Hour DivisionOpens new window (for copies of Federal regulations)
New Ways to WorkOpens new window
425 Market Street, Ste. 2200
San Francisco, CA 94105
A national clearinghouse for information on job sharing and part-time employment. Provides a number of publications on the subject of work time options.
Note: Numbers are subject to change