maternity leave…not offered in your state??

posted 3 years ago in Career
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  • Post # 3
    11626 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    Talk to your company’s HR department. 

    Post # 4
    6171 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    maternity leave is federal.

    agree with PP, talk to your HR department.

    Post # 5
    1286 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    Maternity leave is covered by FMLA, but it only protects your job for 12 weeks (for natural delivery), it doesn’t force you to be paid for it. If you are thinking kids in the next year, sign up for Short Term Disability (which usually states it must be effective for 6 months before you become pregnant for it to cover pregnancy) so you are paid (usually 67% of your salary for 6 weeks). Talk to your HR department, or better, talk to a new mom at your work who would know what really happens at your job.

    Post # 7
    7281 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    Short-term disability is a private insurance policy paid for by you (sometimes your employer, but usually you). If you pay for it, the fact that you live in one state and work in another is irrelevant. As long as you have a qualifying situation and file in the proper way, you would receive it.

    I agree with PPs. If your company reaches the size threshold, then the company is legally required to hold your job open for up to 12 weeks while you are off for maternity leave. They are not required to pay you for those weeks off. This is the law no matter what state you live in. Some employers choose to pay workers while they are on leave, but others do not. You should check with your employer’s human resources office to learn about your employer’s specific policies and offerings.

    Also, while you are talking with your HR staff about maternity leave, it would be a really good idea to also talk to them about your health care coverage (if you have it). Find out how much your monthly premium will increase when you add a child, and see if they can help you figure out how much your out of pocket expenses will be for maternity care, delivery, and recovery. Your insurance may leave you with a lot of out of pocket expenses, which could affect how long you can afford to stay out of work for maternity leave.

    Post # 8
    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @AndysCraftsNmore:  That is BS.  FMLA covers all employees in companies with 50+ employees.  You should qualify for it regardless of what state you are working in.  Contact your HR Department directly to discuss it.  It sounds like the company you work for is trying to get around federal laws and I would definitely report them to the Department of Labor for investigation.

    Post # 9
    1286 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @beachbride1216:  FMLA is completely different than STD (Short Term Disability), and only companies with a certain number of employees are required to offer it (I think over 50 like a PP said). Yes, maternity benefits in America are crap.

    @AndysCraftsNmore:  Was that STD through a private company (you arranged) or through your company? I would investigate other companies, that policy seems so odd!

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