Can I take time off from work?
Yes. The law says you can take time off during or after pregnancy.
Can I take paid leave?
You can use your sick leave or disability leave (if you have it) for your pregnancy and maternity leave. You may also be able to use vacation or other personal leave.
Can I take unpaid leave?
Yes. After the baby is born, you and the other parent have the right to take family leave to care for the child. You also have the right to take family leave before the birth if you have complications related to your pregnancy.
How much leave can I take?
You should be able to take at least 6 to 8 weeks of family leave. You may be able to take up to 16 weeks of family leave. The amount of leave you can take depends on how many employees work for your company and how long you have worked there. Talk to your human resources department (if you have one) for more information.
Do I have to be married to the other parent in order to take family leave?
No. Both parents have the right to family leave. It doesn’t matter if you are married, living together, have a civil union, or have another arrangement.
Who decides when I have to stop working?
You do. You can work as long as
- you want to, and
- you can do the work.
Note: If your pregnancy interferes with your job, your employer must
- modify your tasks, or
- transfer you to a different job (if one is available) that you are able to do.
Can I keep my benefits during my leave?
Your employer must treat pregnancy like any other temporary disability. If employees with other kinds of temporary disabilities keep their benefits, then you must also be able to keep them.
Can I have my old job back after my leave?
Yes. When you go back to work, your employer must give you the same (or similar) job with the same pay, benefits, and seniority.
Can I collect unemployment compensation?
Probably not. Unemployment compensation is for people who are able and available to work.
Exception: If you want to do light work but your employer does not have a light job for you, you may be able to get unemployment.