New parents in Indiana are most in need of help during an unpaid leave. The state does not have a mandatory short-term disability program.

Individuals must purchase private coverage at work or through direct channels prior to becoming sick, hurt, or pregnant. Worker’s Compensation addresses occupational conditions only. Social Security helps with permanent maladies.


Parents in Indiana find little direct financial assistance from maternity and family medical leave of absence laws. There is no federal or state-based regulation requiring private employers to offer income replacement benefits.

Job protection rights provide an indirect form of help. Having a job once you are ready to return to work can make a big difference – if you qualify.