Planning Your Next Maternity Leave

Now that my baby is a toddler, I am finally able to take a deep breath when I am at home. Sure there is still the crazy work week routine that we have to follow to a T. But independent play is saving my sanity. As horrible as it is to clutter my house with […]

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Hands Free Breast Pumping Bra Review

I breast-fed my child, Hazelnut, for 14 months. When I was on maternity leave, the time hog of breast-feeding was inconvenient, but manageable since my entire schedule was open. But once I returned to work, I needed to pump breast milk several times a day at work. My Medela Pump in Style Advance and Simple […]

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How to Calculate Maternity Leave with Bed Rest

A reader wrote in asking: I am expecting twins and my doctor is planning to take me off work at 28 … I checked with my company and I do qualify for FMLA, and I do pay in for SDI. I work 72 hours each pay period … and this is considered full time hours […]

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A Tribute to the New Mom

While this is a day late, it is a nice infograph on the tribute to all the mothers in live, especially you, the new mommy. Happy Mother’s Day! Source: http://FrugalDad.com

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I Love Being a Working Mom!

While other moms complain about missing their baby, I thought something is wrong because I do not have the urge to cry when I first returned to work from maternity leave. Instead, I feel a sense of relief to be at work every Monday morning. I love being a working mom. Work is my mini […]

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Discussion on Baby Bargains

Angie from Baby Cheapskate is going to host a discussion on her book on how to find bargains for baby gear. If you are shopping for baby stuff, you are not going to want to miss this. Here is the link to the original post. Thanks for reading New Mommy Diary. If you enjoy what […]

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Ask Annie: Maternity Leave Protection Worked for Less than One Year

I started working for this company in early September 2011. I’m due in mid July and wasn’t sure if I qualified for any leave. I will have been at this company for 10 months if I wait until my baby is born. I checked and I definitely pay SDI tax. Do I still qualify for […]

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5 Maternity Leave Questions You Must Ask

While the maternity leave laws are pretty straight forward for large companies, there is huge spectrum on how a company practices its maternity leave policy. The federal and state maternity leave laws only protect your job and your health insurance benefits (all other benefits could be frozen while you are on maternity leave). Your company […]

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Planning Your Maternity Leave

As a new mom, I did not plan my maternity leave as well as I would have liked. First, I felt guilty for taking so much time off. Then, I assumed that I would have plenty of free time at home to check up on my projects at work. Last, I assumed I would have […]

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Taxes on Maternity Leave Benefits

I finally finished my taxes over the weekend. Are you curious whether I had to pay taxes on my maternity leave benefits from 2011? No Tax on State Disability Insurance (SDI) Like unemployment, neither the federal government nor the state government taxes your SDI payments when you are on maternity leave. Your taxes are withheld […]

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Ask Annie: When to Start Maternity Leave

A reader wrote in: Hi there, my question is about the leave prior to delivery, should I take advantage of the 4 weeks prior to delivery? I work as a dental hygienst and planning to work up till 39 weeks, taking the last week off. I’m a first time mom, so I am confused a […]

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Paid Family Leave at the Workplace

Paid Family Leave (PFL), like the State Disability Program (SDI), makes up a large portion of your paid maternity leave in California. Unlike SDI, there is no guideline on how to implement PFL in the workplace because you can take Paid Family Leave ANY TIME within the first year after the birth of your baby. […]

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