Help please! I will be commencing maternity leave in a few months and would like to discuss/request paid maternity leave (NOT the govt PPL) from my employer even though our company policy is that maternity leave is unpaid. I've been in my job for almost 6 years now and know that I am considered an integral part of the business (don't mean for that to sound like i have a huge ego!!! ). My firm is a small privately owned company, what would be a resonable request for paid maternity leave? I have heard some employers pay 3 months full pay / 6 months half pay although this seems to be mainly large public companies or govt organisations. I am ideally seeking something in the middle (4mths) but am unsure what is a resonable request - 1/3 of full pay?? I would love to hear from others that have been in this position and how you tackled the discussion. Thanks!