The HR department insists that a pregnant colleague will not get a single day of her maternity leave before her due date. Keeping in mind that due dates are always approximate, this puts her in danger of going into labor right in the classroom. I’m sure the HR department sees some educational value in a professor’s waters breaking in front of students, but I’m not sure what it is. I also have no idea why one of the six weeks of the paid maternity leave cannot be taken before the due date.
HR departments suck something fierce everywhere. Ours, for instance, is really horrible.
But hey, at least my colleague gets those six weeks. Her husband will not get a single day off work for the birth of his child.