This is not your father’s workplace when it comes to time off for dads after the birth of a child. Your dad probably had to use a personal day or vacation day for the birth of each child, and was expected back at work the next business day, passing out cigars, then his nose was right to the grindstone.
Maternity leave is one of those topics you leave on the back burner until it is time to deal with it; after all, if you’re not pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant soon, why worry about any benefits or returning to your former position after the birth of your baby, right?
Did you know the United States is one of only three countries left in the world that fails to guarantee paid maternity leave? The others are Papua, New Guinea and Oman.
The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) provides employees the right to take an unpaid leave in certain conditions without it effecting their job or position. The leave can be taken for certain medical conditions or family situations. There are criteria that must be met before an individual can take the leave. But while the employee is on leave, their job remains protected and they cannot be fired or replaced during the time that they are on leave. The law also requires that while the employee is off for leave the employer must continue to provide the health benefits for the worker as if they were at work during that time.