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How to Manage a Maternity Leave

Melissa Harris negotiated a three-month maternity leave when she accepted a job as vice president for marketing at Origin Investments in November. But as Harris’ leave got closer, the firm’s co-founders, Michael Episcope and David Scherer, started to realize that three months without their marketing lead might cost the Chicago company too much. With only 15 employees and about $500 million in assets, they worried progress would stall.