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NEW LAW! Employees of small employers entitled to maternity/paternity leave

Employers with 20+ Employees Must Provide Maternity/Paternity Leave

Beginning January 1, 2018, employers with 20 or more employees will need to provide up to 12 weeks of maternity/paternity leave to eligible employees.  Eligible employees must have worked for the same employer for at least 12 months and worked 1250 hours during the past 12 months.  The employee must perform work at a site where there is at least 20 employees within a 75 mile radius.

Employer Requirements

  1. The employee must be returned to their previous position upon returning from their leave.
  2. Employers must maintain the employee’s health insurance during the leave.
  3. The leave is unpaid.

Failure to provide the leave will be considered an unlawful employment practice and could result in costly litigation.

What do I need to do to prepare?

Employers impacted by this law will need to make sure that they are aware of how to handle a request for baby bonding leave.   This will undoubtedly mean training your staff, providing required forms, and understanding how to manage and track leaves of absence.