Convincing your employer to give you a maternity leave can be tough but trying to get them to extend the maternity leave can be tougher. The problem is that companies are concerned about profits and losses and an employee that is not at work is not producing and in turn not making money for the firm. With state laws dealing with maternity leave on the books for many areas in the world, companies have implemented policies specifically dealing with maternity leave. Getting your boss to extend maternity leave may be a hard sell but is not impossible. Try using the template of extend maternity leave letter below to have a better chance of getting your manager's consent.
(Boss's Full name)
(Boss's Job title)
(Employee full name)
Dear (Last name of Boss),
My (Length of original leave) maternity leave is complete on (leave return date). However, I will not be able to return on time because my new born son is suffering from an ear infection that will require another (Length of leave) to clear up. I request that my leave be extended for that time period to (New return date).
I understand that this puts the company in a tough situation but I cannot leave my child unattended at the moment. The staffer that has taken over my responsibilities can contact me any time on my (Communication methods) in case they need any help. I can also do some light work from home to help them out.
Thank you and regards,
(Supervisor's Full name)
(Supervisor's Job title)
(Your full name)
(Last name with honorary),
I am writing to you today to ask for an extension on my current maternity leave. My scheduled leave is from (Original leave dates). However, I would like to request that another (length of extension) be added to my leave, effectively making my return date will be (New return date).
(Add a detailed version of your why you need a leave extension) The reason for my extension request is that I had a cesarean birth and the stitches from the surgery have not healed properly. My doctor has recommended that I stay off my feet for another 2 weeks to reach full health.
I have spoken with (Name of replacement), who is currently working in my place, and he seems to have things in control and can keep on doing my tasks until my return.
Thank you for your understanding.