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Parental Leave Request and Benefits

Parental Leave Request and Benefits

Did you know that several states offer paid parental leave programs? If your employer doesn't already have a paid parental leave policy, use DoNotPay to see what benefits you're eligible for and contact your employer automatically!

Starting your journey as a parent is a huge deal. We know how important it is to dedicate all of your time in the first few months to bonding with your new child. But the US is one of the few countries in the world that has no federal paid parental leave requirement. As a result, thousands of companies, especially small businesses, don't have clear paid leave policies when it comes to parental leave.

How can you solve the problem on your own?

And this puts the stress on employees.

If you're about to become a parent, you shouldn't have to choose between financially supporting your family and bonding with your child. You deserve to have both.

How Can DoNotPay Help?

Which is why DoNotPay wants to help you discover which paid leave benefits you're eligible for, and also request leave from your employer on your behalf.

Negotiating with your employer for paid leave is a stressful process, but why do it when you may not even have to?

DoNotPay will first help you see if you're eligible for a state-sponsored paid leave program (in which case your employer doesn't have to pay you so it's a win-win!) If you are, we'll even help you apply for the benefits program and mail-in your application on your behalf.

If your state doesn't have a paid leave program, don't worry. We can still draft a letter to your employer that requests paid parental leave, and at the minimum, you're likely guaranteed 12 weeks of unpaid leave under the federal Family and Medical Leave Act!

All you have to do is:

1. Tell us which state you work in (if you work in CA, NY, NJ, MA, WA, or DC, your state has a paid family leave program.)

2. Choose whether you want us to apply to the program for you or contact your employer with your leave request. If you want to apply for the program, we will walk you through the questions on the form and mail the application form for you.

3. If you want us to contact your employer, enter your leave details, including the starting date, number of weeks of leave, and how many weeks of paid leave you are requesting (for example, you may take a 12 week leave, but only request 8 weeks of paid leave to make the request reasonable.)

4. Indicate whether you are the birth parent or not (birth parents have a few additional legal protections.)

5. Enter the name of your company and the person to address this request to.

6. Select whether you want us to email the request to your employer on your behalf.

And that's it! If you chose the option to apply to your state benefits program, we'll mail the completed application form to on your behalf, and you should hear back from them with confirmation in a few weeks.

If you chose the option for us to email your employer on your behalf, you should wait to hear back from them by email. Their response will be sent directly to the email you entered in our chat.