Maternity Leave in PA. HELP! UPDATE!!!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@eecuadrado:  Well, technically to collect unemployment you have to be able to take on another job and actively seeking one, so you would not be eligible if you aren’t planning to look for another job.  I think in PA it’s about half of your base salary that you’ve been receiving for the last calendar year – but it would not include health insurance, so if you get health insurance through your job, that would be a problem.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Yeeeah, good luck. Being on unemployment is like being on parole to an extent. You will have someone assigned to you who checks on you weekly to find out what jobs you’ve applied for. You will also have to attend workshops on resume writing, interviewing etc. You’re not allowed to reschedule these things either because it shows that you’re not “available” for work. It’s actually work to be on unemployment. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Yea that sounds a bit um…unscrupulous on the part of your employer.  Can you talk to the other women in your office about how their leaves worked?  I think that’s your best bet.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@eecuadrado:  You’d file for UC the day after you are done work. It will take a few weeks to receive money, but it’s retro-active to the date you filed your claim. You’ll then file bi-weekly claims, even if you worked one week out of those two, you just claim the money you made for that one week and nothing for the other and you’ll get a reduced amount. I can’t remember exactly, but I thought you got something around 60% of what you used to make. And PA sucks for maternity, your employer is being really nice.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

It’s super sucky, but being such a small company they don’t have to give you any maternity leave. I will have 10 days of PTO I can use when I have my baby. After that it will all be unpaid. Paying for me to take 2 months off work will honestly be the most expensive part about having her. DH and I anticipated that though, so we’ve been adding extra savings since I found out I was pregnant. Hopefully they’ll at least hold your job for you even if you don’t get any of your leave paid. 

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@MmeVT:  +1  

@eecuadrado:  

That is really wrong on the part of your employer. I would think through all the implications of that before accepting unemployment.  The money may not be worth it at the end of the day. When my husband was unemployed he got less than 20% of his typical monthly income.  In my state, you have to sign on every week and attest that you were searching for employment, state if you worked and if so, how much you were paid etc. Also, they just started making beneficiaries go to seminars and go on interviews that the unemployment agency finds for you to remain on unemployment.  Definitely do your research, but it all just sounds pretty immoral and not worth it. 

Does your employer offer short term disability? You couldn’t sign up now and use it for this pregnancy, but I’m just wondering if you were automatically signed up for it when you were hired.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

@eecuadrado:  Depends on your employer, my employer that I received UC on made you pay the entire cost of your insurance to carry it through until you worked again. I drove a school bus, most of us were unemployed every summer.

Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 1999

Wow, that is nuts what they are are telling you to do…

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