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Is maternity and paternity leave up for debate? How to negotiate more time with your baby.

Posted by Robert Howard | Sep 22, 2017 | 0 Comments

Welcoming a new child into your family is a momentous event. It's also stressful and tiring—especially if you have to become a parent to a new member of the family all the while wondering about what's going to happen to you when you return to work. And many people are confused about what their leave options, both for moms and dads, for biological children and adopted children, may be.

For starters it's important to know that paid leave isn't guaranteed by the U.S. at all. You can obtain unpaid leave but only if you work at a company that employs more than 50 people and if you're located 75 miles within your company's worksite.

Here's the catch, though: Your state can mandate a different leave policy, and some do so. Your company can also offer more as a benefit. So how do you sort through what you're entitled to and negotiate for more? This graphic can help: Is maternity and paternity leave up for debate? How to negotiate more time with baby

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Robert Howard

Rob Howard joined Bos & Glazier after serving as a law clerk for the firm during his studies at Western Michigan University's Cooley Law School, where he graduated cum laude.  Rob also attended Wayne State University Law School before transferring to Cooley.  While at Cooley, Rob earned multiple "book awards" for achieving the highest score in some of his law school classes. Before attending law school, Rob served as a police officer for the City of Grand Rapids where he was active with the union for the GRPD. A Grand Valley University alum, Rob earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science. Rob is a member of the State Bar of Michigan and the Grand Rapids Bar Association.

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