Post # 1
This question is for US bees only, I know other countries handle this very differently.
I work for a small company (less than 20 people) so FMLA does not apply. The maternity leave policy in our employee handbook is 6 weeks no pay. However previous women have negioated it. Unfourtunately for various reasons all of the women have left. The management was not super understanding in the past and changed policies from one person to the next and even for one person from on pregnancy to the next. I have had a breif discussion with my boss and he told me to tell him what I would like and he will discuss it with his partners. I would like to have a plan in writing before I pregnant so that it wont change for me like it has for others.
So now my question: What is your maternity leave policy at work and/or what did you take? How much of it was paid?
I would like to ask for 12 weeks with the first 6 paritally paid at least but I would like ot know the average. If you work at a small buisness that would be very helpful!
Post # 2
So I acutally just found out what mine is today (as I’m 15 weeks at this point and felt comfortable discussing it so I could have a solid plan already done.) Mine is 12 weeks FMLA, but they will hold a similiar job (or in my case, the same job as there are no “similiar” jobs to mine) for up to 1 year. It’s almost 100% unpaid unless you have accrued time off. I’ve been banking a lot of my time, so I will have about 9 weeks total paid and will probably take around 12 weeks off. It might stretch just a bit if we need to delay me going back for childcare reasons. 1 year unpaid was just a bit too painful to take so I will be coming back.
Only having 6 weeks is brutal. Can you use your accrued PTO to get paid for the 6 weeks at least? Or it sounds like you aren’t pregnant yet, you could look into short term disability policies to cover your 6 weeks off. You would have to purchase one of these policies before getting pregnant as they don’t cover “pre existing conditions” normally.
Good luck! I hope it works out for you!
Post # 3
Mine was 12 weeks with no pay. I wish the U.S. would give women more time.
Post # 4
I’m a teacher. If you have the baby during the school year, you get six weeks of maternity leave – the first four weeks come out of your sickleave and then you get the additional two weeks paid through the district. But since I gave birth over the summer and wasn’t technically on contract, I wasn’t eligible for that six weeks. I took off first quarter of the school year and go back into weeks. So I’m taking about nine weeks off total and I’m using my saved sickleave for all of it so I am getting paid. I can take a full school year off and have my position at my school guaranteed but I just can’t afford that
Post # 5
I work in the federal government and there is no paid maternity leave unless you use your own accrued sick/annual leave. However, my department allows you up to 6 months(or a year, I forget, but I’m pretty sure it’s 6 months) of unpaid leave where they’ll hold your position. Pretty sucky, but the health and retirement benefits are killer soo lol
Post # 6
My company allows the full 12 weeks unpaid if you’ve worked at least 27 hours/week for 12 months. They also support and encourage other employees gifting you PTO as a baby shower gift! My company is freaking awesome! 🙂
The last place I worked allowed only 6 weeks. Totally ridiculous because it was a community and family mental health company. You would think they would care about family!
Post # 7
If I ended up preggo this cycle I’d be taking 6 unpaid weeks off (which is more than I would be able to take off if I got preggo any other time of the year!) but I’m in grad school and a daycare teacher. I could probably take more off from the daycare, but I likely won’t return after baby anyway. But for faculty and students it’s 6 weeks off of class and clinic at the university.
Post # 8
12 weeks- no pay
My employer provides short term disability though, so I received 6 weeks partially paid through that and used my own sick and vacation leave to make up whatever else I wanted off.
Post # 9
I work for the federal government so per the FMLA, I get 12 weeks UNpaid leave. I can use any of my leave I have saved up though. As far as holding my position, that’s up to my department and I haven’t asked about that since I’m not even TTC yet. The bad part is my insurance gets messed up if I go on leave without pay (once maternity and my accrued leave runs out) so unless we got something like COBRA, we wouldn’t have any insurance until I went back to work.
Post # 10
I work for a large company. I can take up to 16 weeks leave, only 8 of those weeks are 100% pay, the rest you can use any PTO you have or just take it unpaid. I will be taking 12 weeks off.
Post # 11
I’d be covered under FMLA for 12 weeks unpaid. FMLA is only to guarentee your job for 12 weeks, it does not mandate that it be paid or not. Short term disability can apply for 6 weeks @ 75% pay, or the option to buy additional coverage for 100% pay for the 6 weeks.
Post # 12
eastcoaster: I was still in probation period at my job and didn’t qualify, so I had 6 weeks unpaid. Now if I had qualified, it would have been 6 weeks paid leave. My husband and I work opposite schedules so it was fine for me to go back to work becuase he was watching our daughter. If we were both working during the day, I would have been very sad when I went back to work.
Post # 13
I will get the standard 12 weeks per FMLA.
If I take the first week from my PTO, then I can use my accrued illness time to pay me up until the point that the doctor clears me for work. After then, I can still be off, but it won’t be paid. So it looks like 6 weeks of paid, then 6 weeks of unpaid. For a c-section (which I really don’t want!) it would be closer to 8 weeks of paid, then 4 weeks of unpaid.
Post # 14
eastcoaster: I’ll have 6-8 weeks short term disability paid plus 11 weeks paid.
Post # 15
1 year but I’m from canada.