10 Questions You Should Ask Your Employer About Maternity Leave


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What options are available for transitioning back to work?
If you're not quite ready to go back to the office, your employer may let you work from home as you adjust to motherhood.
If you're not quite ready to go back to the office, your employer may let you work from home as you adjust to motherhood.
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This depends a lot on your company's culture, but you might be surprised at how willing they are to work with you on your transition back to work. You might be able to come back part time at first, work flex hours or even telecommute for part of each week as you get adjusted after your maternity leave.

Also, stay in touch with your employer on a regular basis to keep them informed of your plans -- if you decide you don't want to go back to work, it's probably a good idea to let them know as soon as possible!

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