Under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), an employer who meets certain specific guidelines is legally required to give both male and female employees twelve weeks of unpaid maternity leave after the birth of a child.
This is great news for the parents who qualify under the FMLA guidelines, but it still begs the question of how to replace the lost income and what to do in the event you are not covered by the FMLA.
If you are not covered by FMLA and your employer will not hold your job for you, spend part of your time away from work updating your resume.
In the United States, the federal government has intervened with the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA).
The FMLA does not make provisions for financing this leave.