Talk to your supervisor. Make the necessary arrangements and adjustments, if needed, to your current duties and/or schedule to accommodate your pregnancy, disability, or paternity leave.
Make an appointment with the SHRM Benefits office. The Benefits office will advise you about eligibility requirements for various protected leaves available including:
Check with your LLNS medical plan about programs they may offer. Many offer programs to support pregnant women and new parents.
Why disability? Because that's the benefit that pays part of your salary while you're on leave having your baby. For an uncomplicated pregnancy, your disability benefits generally begin two weeks before your expected delivery date (LLNS Supplement Disability) or four weeks before your expected delivery date (California SDI) and continue for six weeks after the birth of your child.
Determined by your doctor and may be before your due date. You may be able to use employee sick leave and/or vacation leave during your absence to supplement disability payments or in place of disability payments. Unpaid leave of absence may be requested.
A parent or adoptive parent may use up to eight (8) hours of accrued sick leave for his/her attendance at the birth of their child. A parent or adoptive parent may also use up to eighty (80) hours of accrued sick leave within twelve weeks of the date of birth or adoption for care of the child. In addition, in the case of a family illness the other parent may use up to 30 workdays of accrued sick leave in the fiscal year for required attendance or care of an ill family member. Or you may use vacation leave during your absence. Unpaid leave of absence may be requested.