No maternity leave? Anyone have to go this route?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

We have no maternity leave. We can use saved up annual leave and sick leave, but you’re only allowed to carry 6 weeks of annual leave from one year to the next, so it’s not like I’d be able to accumulate a ton ahead of time. And we have no short-term disability offered either, so I would have to try and buy a private policy for it that covers delivery, which is hard to come by. We’ve decided that I will save up as much leave as possible and just save enough cash to cover any gaps for a 12 week leave.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

@MissCountryGirl727:  I would for the state of North Carolina. As far as I can tell, our policy is that we can use up to six weeks of sick leave / vacation then disability if we signed up for it for a certain number of weeks for a fraction of pay, and then FLMA (unpaid but guarantees your job) kicks in. We have the same policy as public school teachers too. 

Post # 8
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

I can take 12 weeks (which I am), but none of it will be paid. I’ll have to use my PTO, but it doesn’t nearly amount to 12 weeks of pay.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

@MissCountryGirl727:  That’s too bad! I used to work for a very small business. His policy was 6 weeks unpaid but your job is guaranteed in that period. He was a tyrant too and truly believed that that was all you would ever need. So glad I don’t work for him anymore!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

@MRSsrm85:  I know every company is different, but FMLA generally kicks in right away. FMLA has nothing to do with pay and only dictates the amount of time (12w) your company is required to hold your position. I would check to make sure that 6w isn’t concurrent with the 12w. I was so confused that I had to call several times until they explained it in a way I could understand since it is not in writing anywhere. 

For me, I can use 6w of banked sick time (8w for c section) and then I can use any saved vacation or personal time up to 12w. If I come up short with any of that it is unpaid. 

I’ve never heard of FMLA kicking in after 6w, but that doesn’t mean I’m right! Totally jealous if that’s really how your company works!

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I had to sign up for short term disability. Whenever I deliver, I will have two use two weeks of my vacation days, then STD kicks in for either 4 weeks (natural delivery) or 6 weeks (C-section). It only pays I think up to 65% of my salary. FMLA guarantees my job for 12 weeks, but it doesn’t pay anything. Luckily I’ve been hoarding my vacation/sick days, I have close to 7 weeks right now.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

@mamadingdong:  I work in the EEO side but generally they’re pretty relaxed about things for fear of being sued.

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