Maternity leave and parenting rights

Lisa Pierson Weinberger, Attorney & Founder of Mom, Esq., shares advice for new parents on the laws that protect them from taking time off when they have a child
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Maternity leave and parenting rights

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There are laws that protect new parents rights to take time off when they have a child, under both the federal law and under various state laws. The most well known now is the federal law. It’s called the family and medical leave act, also referred to as the FMLA and basically, that law provides that certain employees can take up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off when they either have or adopt a child. That law does not apply to every single employee because it is restricted to larger companies, and within those companies only to employees who meet certain criteria, for example, you have to worked there for at least a year and you have to have worked for at least 1250 hours during the prior year. If the FMLA does not apply to you, you may want to consider looking into whether the state in which you live has a law that provides additional protection for new parents.

Lisa Pierson Weinberger, Attorney & Founder of Mom, Esq., shares advice for new parents on the laws that protect them from taking time off when they have a child

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Lisa Pierson Weinberger

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Lisa Pierson Weinberger is the founder of Mom, Esq., a legal practice dedicated to helping parents understand and maximize their maternity leave benefits, have peace of mind when hiring employees in their homes, and find a good work/life balance when they return to the workplace after having a baby.  Prior to founding Mom, Esq., Lisa spent seven years working at the entertainment law firm of Greenberg Glusker working as an employment lawyer with many of Hollywood's A-List celebrities.  She counseled on matters related to large domestic staffs, advising on the hiring process, backgrounds checks, wage and hour issues, counseling, discipline and terminations, and preparing employment applications, offer letters and a variety of agreements including employment, confidentiality, arbitration, severance and release agreements. Lisa has a Bachelors in Psychology, with Honors, from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law where she served on the UCLA Law Review.

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