I work for the state and am 8 mos pregnant I was planning to take my leave on July 31st my due date is Aug. 24th. I was told that I had to work until my due date of Aug. 24th. I have acquired FMLA but was never really explained how it works. Today I went

I had my Dr. write a note to place me on lightduty because I had a miscarriage a year ago at work and he felt I should not be lifting heavy residents on my own. At that time they put me on lightduty and I signed up for FMLA, now they are trying to make me work til my due date I am not comfortable with that as this is my first baby and I don't know what to expect.

1 answer  |  asked Jul 22, 2016 09:00 AM [EST]  |  applies to Pennsylvania

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Scott Leah
I cannot answer specifically as to your situation without talking to you and learning more about your specific circumstances. However, I can tell you the general law:

An employer must provide light duty work to a pregnant employee if that employer provides light duty to employees who are similarly not able to do regular duty.

As for leave, the FMLA provides up to 12 weeks of leave in a 12 month period for the birth of a child (sometimes called bonding leave) or for the employee's serious health condition related to pregnancy or childbirth.

You are entitled to FMLA prior to the child birth if you are incapacitated due to the pregnancy (such as severe morning sickness), for prenatal care.

posted by Scott Leah  |  Jul 22, 2016 09:53 AM [EST]

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