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Too small for FMLA; can I change policy on unpaid maternity leave?

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  • Too small for FMLA; can I change policy on unpaid maternity leave?

    Hi there. I own a very small business in Florida with just 6 employees. Last year I let one employee have 3 months off for maternity leave -- unpaid but with insurance coverage and her job held for her. Now, with the changing economy, I can't possibly guarantee the same thing -- a job waiting when she returns -- to another employee currently pregnant. (In fact, I really need to lay her off now, since her job is the least critical to the business, but don't have the heart to lay off a pregnant woman.) Am I in trouble if I don't give the same options to this employee that I gave to the other one last year?
    Thanks in advance for any answers, or empathy, even!
    Pat
    SmallBusinessGetsSmaller
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    Last edited by SmallBusinessGetsSmaller; 09-15-2008, 06:55 PM. Reason: Need to put Florida in

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    In Fl. with 6 employees it is perfectly legal if you can no longer offer the options to pregnant employees that you once did.
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