State Laws on Maternity Leave
Depending on where you work, your maternity leave and pregnancy rights can vary. Some states offer more protections than federal law (FMLA) while others provide no paid leave nor even unpaid leave rights.
In an attempt to summarize this patchwork of state laws and compare them to each other, the National Partnership for Women and Families' provides a visual report card of different states' laws in terms of how favorable they are for new and expecting parents.
The states in dark red offer the most generous parental leave and pregnancy protections. A state colored in black provides no additional protections beyond those under federal laws: FMLA, the Pregnancy Disability Act (PDA) and the FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act)'s protections for breastfeeding mothers at work.