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maternity leave

a leave of absence for an expectant or new mother for the birth and care of the baby.
Origin of maternity leave
1965-70 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for maternity leave
  • One year state paid maternity leave with a nanny provided.
  • These included increasing cash grants for more children, extended maternity leave benefits, and enhanced day care services.
  • One day after notifying campus officials that she planned to take a maternity leave, the job offer was withdrawn.
  • maternity leave is available after six months of contract work.
  • Companies are going beyond federal law and giving mothers a year or longer for maternity leave, then taking them back.
  • The law also offers longer maternity leave and other benefits to couples that delay childbearing.
  • Said maternity leave may be with or without pay at the discretion of the employer.
  • In addition, employers have an affirmative responsibility to provide maternity leave to biological and adoptive parents.
  • Families with a caretaker on maternity leave receiving little or no pay.
  • Employees cannot be forced to begin or return from a maternity leave at predetermined times.
British Dictionary definitions for maternity leave

maternity leave

a period of paid absence from work, in Britain currently six months, to which a woman is legally entitled during the months immediately before and after childbirth
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