maternity leave


: time off from a job given a mother to take care of a newborn child
The company granted her maternity leave.

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web During her maternity leave, her character Jess went off to serve jury duty, and Megan Fox had a guest spot on the show as a new roommate. Kaitlin Stevens, Peoplemag, 24 Mar. 2023 But the longer a woman takes for maternity leave, the wider the wage gap between her and her male counterparts, according to a report by The Borgen Project focused on poverty and hunger. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, 14 Mar. 2023 If the answer was no, then Beechler planned to take maternity leave under FMLA, but that would cover just 12 weeks of the 15-week semester, leaving her with three weeks back in the classroom. David Jesse,, 17 Nov. 2022 Kilpatrick had read through the contract very carefully and interpreted the terms as entitling her to eight weeks of maternity leave, rather than the four weeks she had been offered. Leila Haghighat, WIRED, 8 Mar. 2023 But in November, shortly after Musk completed his acquisition and weeks before she was set to start her five-month maternity leave, Ali was laid off as part of the first round of mass job cuts under the new owner. Clare Duffy, CNN, 6 Mar. 2023 As her maternity leave came to an end, Albright got a call to join Walmart's apparel team in the Big Apple. April Wallace, Arkansas Online, 5 Mar. 2023 In addition, such assistance will make finding time for your family easier after maternity leave. Jennifer "jay" Palumbo, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2023 But some French think tanks have suggested that these numbers only take a macroeconomic approach and ultimately don’t show the full picture, such as how countries calculate things like vacation days and maternity leave. Colette Davidson, The Christian Science Monitor, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Maternity leave.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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