Maternity Leave Basics Sunday, Feb 26th, 1-3PM cost: $20
What are your options for a maternity leave? What are your rights? This workshop gives you a cursory understanding of FMLA, MA state law, and ways to begin discussing your leave with your employer.
This workshop features personal and professional expertise from Maria, as well as:
Sheryl Koenigsberg a working mom of a daughter who is 4 and a son who is almost 2. Professionally, she works in high-tech technical sales and marketing. At home, she enjoys time with her kids, husband, and dog, in the South End. After each of her children's births, she took a 13-week maternity leave, during which she was promoted (yes, twice), once at a large corporation and once at a startup. She is delighted to share her "mom-on-the-street" eye view of transitioning out for birth, choosing childcare, connecting to work during leave (or not!), transitioning back in again after leave, and making those first few months of learning to balance kids, husband, work, pumping, sleep, daycare, and everything else as smooth as possible.
Elisa A. Filman, Esquire is the Managing Partner at Rodman LLP. She specializes in employment law and litigation, with a focus on employee-side disputes. She represents employees throughout the life-cycle of an employment relationship: from employment agreements, through leave requests, payment of wage issues, discrimination/disability concerns, partnership/equity disputes, severance agreements, up through and including litigation in state and federal courts. As a working mother of a 20 month old, she understands firsthand the practical challenges and legal issues that face pregnant women in the workplace. Elisa lives in Natick with her wife and son.
Monica Shah is a partner at Zalkind Duncan & Bernstein LLP where she focuses her civil litigation practice on advocating for employee rights in the workplace. She routinely represents clients in state and federal court in matters that directly impact women and families, including cases involving gender, pregnancy, and family caregiver discrimination or violations of equal pay, FMLA, sick leave, and disability laws. Recently, Monica's work on behalf of the Massachusetts Employment Lawyers Association helped secure a victory for a federal employee, a mother of five young children, who was demoted after a new male supervisor questioned her modified work schedule. Monica lives in Boston with her husband and three young children (8, 6, and 3).