(Closed) Paternity Leave

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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4583 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

DH plans to take one or two weeks when LO is born. To the best of my knowledge, he would be using vacation time to do so, but I may be mistaken. I’ll need to discuss this with him further!

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My husband gets one week of fully paid paternity leave at his job and definitely plans to take it. He’s also allowed to use his sick and vacation time in addition to the paternity leave if he wants to do so. I think he’s planning on taking the paternity leave for one week and taking an additional week of vacation right after that.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

In CA, there is a state employment tax that covers “bonding leave”; parents who qualify get 6 weeks paid bonding leave in the first year of the baby’s life.  For Addie, my husband took his 2 weeks right after she was born and then 4 weeks in December when she was about 6 months old.  It was perfect for us, and they got some quality time together.  With Henri, DH took 2 weeks right away and is also planning on taking the month of December off, again.  I’m at home full-time now, so we’re hoping to get a lot of projects done and go on a lengthy vacation during that time.  🙂  The state covers about 66% of his wages, and then he’ll use accrued PTO to cover the rest of his paycheck.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

My husband is taking paternity leave, but he has to use his vacation, sick and comp time with it. Right now he has one month, one week saved up. Hoping for at least one more week!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My DH runs his own business, so it’s up to him if he is going to take leave or not. I highly doubt he will take much more than a week or two max. I looked through my company’s handbook and there’s nothing about paternity leave specifically. My colleagues that are male and had babies took regular PTO for anywhere from 1 to 2 weeks.

Post # 9
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2695 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Mine is having to take un-paid FMLA.  We originally planned to use his vacation (3 weeks) but when the airline merger happened we were forced to take all 3 weeks back to back in January of this year.  So now we don’t have any vacation until the start of next year.  I’m glad he at least has the protection of FMLA.

Post # 10
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I haven’t even thought about it, I assume he doesn’t get paternity leave because he’s doing month long med school rotations that have already been set up. I don’t think he’d get credit for showing up for 1/2 a rotation 🙁 They offer it for most residencies though! Bad timing on our part…

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

Depends on what his company policy is about it.  He won’t qualify for FMLA because you have to work somewhere for 1 full year full time before you qualify for it.

He will likely have to use some sort of combination of vacation time and sick time.  He could possibly ask for administrative leave without pay but that depends on the company.  He needs to speak to someone in HR after he starts the new job to find out what his options are.

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@totheislnds:  Be careful about not going back after you use FMLA, some companies require you pay back health insurance benefits as a penalty for not returning to work after using FMLA.  Brooch the subject with HR by asking what happens if you are injured during delivery or the baby needs special care and you are unable to return to work.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@totheislnds:  Paid leave really is totally awesome! I’m actually very jealous of him in that he gets paid paternity leave. My company only allows for FMLA which will be totally unpaid (aside from vacation and sick pay). It will be a bit of a burden for us but we’re saving now to prepare. It will be worth it though in the end. 🙂

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I wish DH got paid paternity leave and he would have had we known that he had to pay into a special STD plan to get it. Since we didn’t do that, it’s not an option. However, DH will be on Christmas Break (he’s a teacher) when LO is born or just about to start, so he’ll have about two weeks home with us. Thankfully, if needed he can also use personal days that he has saved up to stay home with us too!

@beachbride1216:  I had no idea that you could be penalized for not going back to work after FMLA time. Is it the same with STD? What if you got a new job or something and just didn’t return to the old company becuase of accepting an offer with a new company? Does that matter too?

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My husband is going to take a week, but its his vacation/sick days he is going to use.  My job doesn’t do paid maternity leave at all, so I will have to use some of my vacation too, and the rest unpaid.  I wish things were different.

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