Poll: What Is Your Company’s Maternity Leave Policy?

Paid Leave Makes A Difference

Do you want to make sure your pregnant employees remain loyal employees and stay at work long after they give birth? If so, you might be wise to focus on whether or not any leave you provide is paid, according to a new research study. Researchers from Bryn Mawr College and Rutgers University found that women who take paid maternity leave are more likely to still be working a year after they give birth than those who take no leave at all.

Why paid instead of unpaid leave? The researchers argue that providing pay increases employee loyalty. This, they say, leads to a reduction of costs in the long term, as companies avoid going through the time and expense of hiring and training a replacement.  

From a statutory perspective, though, the norm is unpaid leave. The Family Medical Leave Act of 1993 requires companies with 50 or more employees to allow employees to take up to twelve weeks of unpaid leave upon the birth of a child.

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