Paid maternity leave

Lisa Pierson Weinberger, Attorney & Founder of Mom, Esq., shares advice for parents on paid maternity leave laws and how to ensure at least partial wage replacement
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Although there are laws that provide for protected time off when people have a child, unfortunately, none of those laws require employers to pay employees, when they are on that leave. However, there are ways in which parents can ensure that they have, at least partial wage replacement, when they are on that leave. One of the easiest ways to get paid time off, is to use accrued sick and vacation time that you may have earned before your leave began. Another way in which people can have paid time off with their leave is if their company voluntarily has a paid maternity or paternity leave policy. A lot of progressive employers understand that this is a financially challenging time for people as they welcome a new baby into their family, and they do offer some portion of pay for that leave, even though the law does not require it. Another way that people can get paid leave, is by seeing if the state in which they live offers paid benefits during this time. There are many states that offer paid benefits when a person is disabled due to pregnancy or related condition, or during a time when parents are bonding with their children.

Lisa Pierson Weinberger, Attorney & Founder of Mom, Esq., shares advice for parents on paid maternity leave laws and how to ensure at least partial wage replacement

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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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