How does Parental leave TIME & PAY work where you live?

posted 3 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

1. Minnesota, USA. I work for an Adult Foster Care (group home) company for adults with severe mental illness.

2. My employer goes by the state’s minimum parental leave regulation, which is six weeks. If there are complications/extenuating circumstances, it can be increased to 12 weeks on a case-by-case basis by contacting the main office of the company.

3. Unpaid, but you can use PTO/vacation days. Some companies offer paid maternity leave at full or reduced pay, but my employer does not.

4. The law states that either parent can take parental leave, and it can be used for adoption as well as childbirth.

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Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

1)  We live in the US and the requirements for employers to provide parental leave/benefits is pretty appalling here.  Fortunately, I don’t have to work, so I’ll get to be a SAHM.  However, my husband will be using his vacation time to spend time with our babies when they’re first born.

2)  I think his company allows up to 3 months of medical leave, however, I’m not sure about pay.  I do believe that you keep all of your benefits during this time though (health, dental, etc)

3)  Again not sure about the medical leave pay, but vacation time is full pay with all benefits from his employer

4)  I’m not sure how the benefits for mothers works with his employer, but I don’t think it applies to fathers.  Again, I’m not 100% on this, but working moms in the US definitely don’t have it easy lol.

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’m in the US – Ohio,. But I think that in the US this is going to be very specific to the individual employer.

In the US we have the Family Medical Leave Act which states that your employer has to hold your job for you for 12 weeks if you have been working there for 12 months. There is no requirement of payment.

I work in a large academic, non-profit hospital. We get 12 weeks guaranteed time off where they willl hold our job. We can apply for additional time, which can or cannot be approved by your manager. This is true for men and women, both biologic and adoptive. A mom who gives birth gets 6 weeks of short term disability paid by our disabilty insurance while she recovers from the delivery, at 100% salary. This, does not apply to men or adoptive parents because they don’t have a medical issue to qualify for short term disability. After short term disability (or for men or adoptive parents) you can use your PTO/vacation time, and we get great vacation time. I think there may be some additional services available to adoptive parents/dads, but I haven’t looked into the specifics. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

1) where you live/who you work for (if it’s relevant in your case – some employers give good benefits)

I live in Canada as well. My employer does not top up my wage.

2) how much time can you take off from work and still have your employer gaurantee to hold your job? Typically it is 52 weeks (minus the two week wait), but last time due to my complications I had 67 weeks.

3) how much (if anything) do you get paid during this time off, and by who (government benefits, employer benefits, insurance company benefits?)

I get 55% of my wage from government mat/pat leave.<br /> 35 weeks parental and 15 Maternity. You need to have worked at least 600 hours in the last 52 weeks prior to taking the leave.<br />My last pregnancy, I had medical complications and recieved an additional 15 weeks of sickness leave/benefits at the same rate.

4) are these benefits only for birth mothers, or can they be for any parent/adoptive parent?

Only mothers can take the 17 weeks mat-leave. The rest of the parental leave can be taken by either spouse.

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Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

cbgg:  Sadly the US lags far behind Canada and most of Europe when it comes to maternity leave.

1) where you live/who you work for (if it’s relevant in your case – some employers give good benefits) Orlando, FL, USA; my employer is the State of Florida

2) how much time can you take off from work and still have your employer gaurantee to hold your job? up to 3 months under FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) because we employ more than 50 people; there is some leeway for an extra month or two of Leave Without Pay if I have complications or need additional time

3) how much (if anything) do you get paid during this time off, and by who (government benefits, employer benefits, insurance company benefits?) my company pays me zero and I am responsible for paying my medical insurance premiums for the months I take off; I can supplement my FMLA with my annual vacation and sick leave if I want so I can get paid but I only have a little over a month’s worth saved up; I also pay for private short term disability coverage which covers maternity leave and will kick in after 2 weeks on FMLA; it pays out 75% of my salary which is the max I qualify for

4) are these benefits only for birth mothers, or can they be for any parent/adoptive parent? FMLA covers adoptive parents as well as birth parents but my short term disability policy only covers birth mothers

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

cbgg:  In regards to vacation time, you can’t simply add that on to your mat leave and take it the two weeks prior to actually starting mat leave. That’ll make the government angry! lol

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

1) where you live/who you work for (if it’s relevant in your case – some employers give good benefits) I also live in Minnesota but work for one of the largest health care companies and I get the full 12 weeks of FMLA 2) how much time can you take off from work and still have your employer gaurantee to hold your job? 12 weeks 3) how much (if anything) do you get paid during this time off, and by who (government benefits, employer benefits, insurance company benefits?) 6 week short term disablity and 6 weeks unpaid. 4) are these benefits only for birth mothers, or can they be for any parent/adoptive parent? Fathers can take so can adoptive parents.

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Post # 9
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

1. Wisconsin

2. 12 weeks, probably possible to negotiate more if needed.

3. I get 25 days of PTO which I believe I have to use the majority of, plus short term disability which I believe pays 70% of your current rate for 13 weeks. Any additional time would be unpaid.

4. benefits are for birth mothers or adoptive parents with a new child.

My only massive complaint is that DH and I work for the same company, and therefore have to share the 12 weeks of FMLA. I find that shitty.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

1) where you live/who you work for (if it’s relevant in your case – some employers give good benefits)

UK – Civil Service

2) how much time can you take off from work and still have your employer gaurantee to hold your job?

Slightly complicated. On Maternity leave – 1 year. But I also have the option of taking a career break with a guaranteed right to return to work, which is up to 5 years. If I were not to return to work immediately after maternity leave, I’d lose some payments. 

3) how much (if anything) do you get paid during this time off, and by who (government benefits, employer benefits, insurance company benefits?)

If I plan on going back to work, then 26 weeks at full salary, followed by 13 weeks of lower rate maternity pay – which is about £140/week. Mix of employer/government benefit. If I were not going back to work, just the first 26 weeks, then the rest would be unpaid. 

4) are these benefits only for birth mothers, or can they be for any parent/adoptive parent?

Adoption leave is essentially the same as maternity leave (the couple chose who is entitled to adoptive ‘maternity’ leave and who is entitled to adoptive ‘paternity’ leave). 

Paternity leave is 2 weeks on full pay, and then they can take 26 weeks after the mother has returned to work – but both have to add up to one year or less. They’re pretty good about who qualifies – it’s not restricted to biological fathers. 

So basically one person could have 6 months paid maternity leave followed by the second parent having 6 months of partially paid paternity leave. Or just the one person has 12 months maternity leave. 

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Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m in the US also.  Employed by the federal government.  We’re guaranteed 12 weeks but I’ve heard of women being out for 6 months.  The only pay we get is our sick or vacation leave that you have accrued, and if you have enough to cover most of it your insurance will still be paid out of your check as usual.  (you can add Leave Without Pay if you are short time). 

We don’t discriminate between mothers and fathers.  A new dad in my branch was out 2 months with his wife.  We all thought it was great of him to do that.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

cbgg:  You can’t take vacation and then go straight into mat-leave. You need to return to work at some point between taking vacation time and going on mat-leave.

At least, that is how it’s always been explained here. The government has a problem if you’ve taken your vacation and not returned to work.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

cbgg:  Employers can chose to pay above the statutory minimum – in which case it’s on them. But the basic statutory minimum they can claim back from the government. So only employers who care particularly about workers’ welfare will pay over what they have to. The statutory minimum is 6 weeks at 90% pay followed by 33 weeks at the lower rate £140ish that I mentioned. So my employer is pretty generous. 

However, the fact that everyone who has been with their employer for the qualifying amount of time is entitled to a year off does potentially put employers off. Legally, of course, they can’t discriminate. In practice, it would be pretty hard to prove. 

Yes, men taking extended paternity leave is still relatively rare, but it’s definitely improving.

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