Letter Requesting Maternity Leave Free

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The main purpose of this letter is to inform an employer in written form and request for maternity leave.

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This letter can be used for asking an employer for maternity leave off. The main purpose of this letter is to inform an employer in written form and request for maternity leave. A written request can be useful in many ways, as its oral announcement usually doesn't have any legal value. The official application for maternity leave fixes that problem and prevents any disputes in the future. 

In the US, maternity leave is ensured for pregnant mothers or others who are adopting children. The federal law guarantees maternity leave for at least 12 weeks, but it can be extended, depending on the employer's work's policies.

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This letter is an official request for maternity leave to the employer. As previously mentioned, it is essential to give the employer the official record, as the maternity leave has social guarantees.

The letter should include both the sender's and the recipient's addresses and other essential data. Note that the letter should also include information about the due date. Eventually, write down the rest of the information, such as how long is being requested off and the exact periods of the leave and come-back.

Usually, maternity leave request letters do not need any additional documentation. But keep in mind that the employer may request additional proofs, for example, a doctor's note.

Applicable law Applicable law

Labor laws in the United States cover maternity leave, and the Fair Labor Standards Act generally governs them. Specifically, the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) requires 12 weeks of unpaid leave (for mothers of newborn or newly adopted children). However, it can be extended, depending on the employer's specific policies. 

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