“It defies belief that, in 2011, any institution would discriminate against a mother for legally and properly taking leave after the birth of a child,” said U.S. Attorney David Hickton of the Western District of Pennsylvania in a written statement. … [Read more...] about DOJ’s Fair Housing Suit Says Mortgage Insurer Discriminates Against Home Buyers on Maternity Leave
Federal law on maternity leave
It also agreed to change its policy concerning the way it handles applications from pregnant women and others on parental leave. The PI provides a link to the conciliation agreement (PDF), which provides for payments of $7,500 to up to 100 women (or a lesser amount if more than 100 women claim discrimination). … [Read more...] about Lender OKs Fair Housing Pact, Will Pay $765K, End Mortgage Nixes Due to Maternity Leaves
Employers should additionally be open to negotiations in this respect. Can the employee work from home for a period of time? Is she willing to train a new employee before leaving? There are some aspects of maternity leave that can be negotiated just the same as any other benefits. However in taking any steps, care should be taken to make sure the employee’s privacy is respected. When preparing for a pending maternity leave an employee should not become the topic of office gossip. … [Read more...] about Varying Maternity Leave Policies, cont.
The Upper House of India’s Parliament just passed an amendment to India’s Maternity Benefit Act of 1961. The amendment increases maternity leave to 26 weeks of paid leave, a major increase over the current 12 week leave. It also grants a number of new rights, albeit with important qualifications. These include: … [Read more...] about Maternity Leave Length Increased in India
Recent reports suggest the White House may be considering expanding the scope of its proposal from covering not just maternity leave for biological mothers but also parental leave, which would include leave for fathers. (It is unclear whether the parental leave benefit might apply to adoptive mothers.) This expansion came after criticism that the original proposal was discriminatory because it covered only biological mothers. … [Read more...] about Trump Administration May Expand Proposal for Paid Maternity Leave to Fathers