Can someone be forced to start maternity leave?
My friend is roughly 37 weeks pregnant. She is in perfect health, according to her and her doctor. She has stated several times that she plans to work right up until she has the baby. Her doctor has told her she can, as long as it doesn't begin to create any complications. According to the FMLA laws here in Indiana, she is eligible for up to twelve weeks of maternity leave. She has made our boss aware that she doesn't plan on taking all twelve weeks because she cannot afford to, but, she would definatly be out for at least six weeks. Today, she came into work and was told that she was no longer on the schedule and thay gave her papers to fill out about her maternity absence. She was told to return them by Monday. Essentially, our boss told her that her Maternity leave was beginning as of Monday, March 9th. She cannot afford to just be out of work if she's capable of working. She can't really afford to be out for her leave, but she and her husband have been very careful about saving to get them by when she won't be getting paid. What happens, though, if she doesn't go into labor for two weeks or more? How can our boss dictate when her maternity leave starts? Does anyone have ANY ideas I can pass on to her?