Post # 1
How long are you taking? Are you sharing any of the parental leave with your spouse? I recently put in for mine at work, taking 9 months, and he will take the last 3 months, but recently we’ve got some new info job wise that is making us rethink. He wanted to take all the parental while I only get maternity because financially it makes sense, but I just can’t agree to that so we’re thinking of splitting it half and half, with a couple of those months overlapping (they have to with his job, otherwise we wouldn’t overlap). I haven’t officially changed my leave yet, but I’m just wondering what others are planningon doing (or have done in the past).
Post # 3
I’m in ON and we get a year but I’m self employed and didn’t pay into it. So I don’t really get any. I’m planning on being a SAHM but DH is planning on taking some time. The take home is so low though and he’s our main source of income so it will just be a short while. We’re expecting in Oct and hes just planning to use a bit of vacation at first and then a longer leave the summer after
Post # 4
I’m taking my full year. It’s all me, sadly, as DH makes a lot more than I do. If we switched and he stayed home, we wouldn’t be able to pay the bills on my salary and his paternity income.
Post # 5
- Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL
@NewfieBullet: Just commenting to say how jealous I am of you ladies that get a full year! I am guaranteed 3 months at 75% pay due to short term disability insurance I pay for. I am also lucky enough that I work for a company that allows me to take an additional 3 months past that if I need to but the second 3 months would be unpaid.
I will say that the one good thing here in the states is that if both parents qualify for maternity/paternity leave they can both take it and they both get 3 months each (unless they work for the same company; then the company can make them split the 3 months.)
Post # 6
@beachbride1216: I definitely know how lucky we are here. Everytime I’m sad or disappointed about not taking the whole year, I remind myself that other people have to make due with much less. I am even lcukier than some because my current job has a great top up!
Post # 7
OMG a year!? That’s crazy/amazing. DH will be lucky to get 10 days when we decide to have a baby.
Post # 8
Not pregnant yet but DH and I will start TTC in June and I wlll for sure take my full year leave. DH is self-employed which will be great because he will be at home as well to help out.
Post # 9
Keep in mind that you can both take the time off if you want to. It’s just the pay from EI that you have to split. It sounds like his work offfers a top up – you could take a full year and he could take whatever amount of time will max out his top up if you can swing it financially.
This is what my sister and her DH did since he had a top up as a military officer. She’s still takign the full year and will just have part of it unpaid by EI.
Post # 10
Im taking the full year, my DH makes 3 times as much money as me and I make just over the cap amount so we would get the same take home from ei if either of us took it but if I take it we get that plus his whole salaryfrom working so its a much better deal for us. He will take a weeks vvacation when baby comes in July and then two weeks in August for our camping trip 🙂 but im also not going back after leave is over so im tsling the full 12 weeks before my due date that I can.
Post # 11
I think the US system of not protecting jobs for more than 1.5-3 months for maternity leave is disgraceful and a hardship on employers.
In Canada the employer pays nothing for maternity leave as all benefits are paid through the Emplyment Insurance program. As an employer, if you have someone going on leave for a full year you can easily replace them by offering a temporary one year position. If an employee is out for only 3 months it’s nearly impossible to backfill for them, and then when they come back to work they aren’t really “ready to work” yet. They still have an infant who isnt’ sleeping through the night and many women are stil breast feeding. I’m in HR and I can confidently say that from the employers perspective the one year system is great.
Also note that you aren’t being paid anywhere near your normal wage for the year off, but almost everyone saves up and takes it anyway.
I’m a Canadian moving to the USA and it makes me so mad to lose this benefit.
Post # 12
I am aiming for about 9 months. I would love to take the full year but financially I think it would be too much. Even 9 months will be tight but we can make it work.
Unless my work decided to do a top-up program for me! They have never had to deal with a maternity leave before because it is a mechanical contracting company with mainly male employees. There has only ever been a maximum of 3 women in the office and I will be the first to be pregnant while employed here. They are great people to work for and treat us very well so my secret hope is that they will go the top-up route, in which case I would take the full year.
Post # 13
@cbgg: The U.S. system of maternity leave is such bull. I hate it. If I decide to have kids, I am definitely emigrating to Canada!
Post # 14
I will be taking the full year. I am expecting mid October, but will start my mat leave at the beginning of September. I work at a University, some coming back at the start of term will be easier for me and for future child care. DH will not be taking any of the parental leave because it doesn’t make financial sense – however he will be taking time off when the baby is born and hopefully have one flex day a week.
Post # 15
In Germany, we get 12 months of paid leave and an additional two if the other parent takes at least two months. you get 2/3 of your net income (based on one year ahead if the birth).
i do 10 months and then he does 4 months. He also took a 4 week vacation when she was born and we’ll both take vacation around when we’re switching the leave so we get to have 3 weeks together then.
Post # 16
Luckily both me and my DH work for an employer that tops up to 93% of our salary, so who takes it doesn’t really matter. However, I still lucked out as we decided that I will be taking the full year 🙂 He has quite a bit of vacation banked and we also have a few days of family leave through our employer, so he’ll be taking 3-4 weeks off initially and then other weeks spread out later. Super fortunate, I know!!!
Five more days of work for me before my year off!!!!!