Maternity Leave in PA. HELP!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m in PA too. I was allowed 12 weeks of FMLA but with no pay.  If I had signed up for short term disability, I would’ve gotten partial payment and insurance for 6 weeks but not the full 12. I still could’ve taken the 12 weeks, but I would only have gotten partial payment for 6.  I unfortunately wasn’t signed up for short term disability so I got no pay at all. I’m on my husband’s insurance but if I wasn’t, I would’ve had to pay my work for my insurance when I was out.  

 

I have no idea what the exact rules are for PA, but I’m pretty sure for FMLA, in offices with over 50 employees they are required to give you 12 weeks (if you want it).  but that does not mean pay. As far as Maternity leave, there’s no rule for it…my work offers no maternity leave (just the FMLA option) but my friends work gives her 12 weeks and 50% pay for maternity leave.  So I believe it’s up to the employer if they offer it. 

Post # 5
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5506 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

My company gave 6 weeks for vaginal birth and 8 weeks for c-section. I had a planned c-section so I knew in advance I would get 8 weeks. I then took 4 weeks unpaid to make it 12 weeks. They were fine with that. I don’t know the actual state law of PA, just read our company manual stating the policy. I thought it was just 6 or 8 weeks, though. 12 weeks would be great. I would just try to see the policy in writing. Can you ask the HR person for it?

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@eecuadrado:  Do you have someone that does HR at your work that you can talk with? I got all my information from my HR person. 

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@eecuadrado:  There are no laws for a company that small. It’s up to the discretion of your employer. They aren’t required to follow FMLA, but hopefully they will. If you have signed up for the short term disability policy (assuming they offer one), you’ll get 6 weeks partial pay (depends on the policy, most are around 60%) for a vaginal delivery and 8 weeks for a c-section.  Most don’t pay until a week after baby is born.

You really need to discuss with HR and also get in writing from your bosses that they will give you 12 weeks (and what, if any pay they will give you during tha time).

You’ll also want to find out if they will be paying their share of your health insurance while on leave.  Some employers will, others will make you pay 100% during the time you’re on leave. 

Post # 12
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

@eecuadrado:  I forgot to say that I used about 2 weeks vacation and sick time towards the month without pay, so actually it was only about 2 weeks unpaid.

Post # 13
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I don’t think they’re required to give you 12 weeks because they have less than 50 employees. I think you should write up your maternity plans and have them sign it. I’d also be prepared to be unpaid.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@eecuadrado:  I would not expect your full vacation or sick time, as companies will prorate them. I am due April 6 and I will have only “earned” 3.74 vacation days by the time I plan to leave (in March). Companies are not required to pay you time off, that’s the same in Canada or the US. In Canada, we get paid mat leave (55% of our income to a cap), but it is through unemployment insurance that we pay into from the taxes deducted from our pay. I have several friends who live in the States and my understanding is that the only state regulation is the protected unpaid leave, which can vary anywhere from 6-12 weeks from the friends I have spoken to.

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