Average Maternity Leave in the U.S.
FMLA prescribes 12 weeks of unpaid leave for new parents but the average maternity leave often ends up being shorter.
Approximately 70% of women report taking time off following a pregnancy, with the average maternity leave lasting 10 weeks.
How long is paid maternity leave?
This means you can get statutory maternity pay again if you meet the normal conditions: work for your employer for 26 weeks up to the 15th week before your baby is due – the 26 weeks includes time when you’re on maternity leave.
Is 12 weeks maternity leave enough?
The U.S. does not have a standard maternity leave length. A recent study by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) found that 60% of employers give 12 weeks of maternity leave; 33% give more than 12 weeks. However, that includes paid and unpaid leave.
What is the minimum maternity leave?
If you have worked at your present company for at least a year, you are entitled by this federal law to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid maternity leave. The Family and Medical Leave Act, which was passed in 1993, applies to companies that employ 50 or more people within a 75-mile radius of the workplace.