(Closed) Any husbands with paternity leave?

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

If you’re in CA, do neither of you pay into the state SDI?  If so, each of you can apply for 6 weeks paid “bonding” leave that can be taken at any point in the first year of the baby’s life. 

My husband and I are both in CA, and we both pay into CA SDI.  So I took my 3 months paid leave (6 weeks STD and 6 weeks PFL).  My husband took 2 weeks PFL right away, and then took the remaining 4 weeks in December.  We were both really glad he got to take time off with Addie.  🙂  It will be a wonderful experience for your husband, I’m sure!

Post # 4
5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@skibobrown: My husband is willing to, but he is not able. 🙁 His job doesn’t offer it. He has to use vacation and sick days. I wish they did offer it because he could stay home after our parents left and then I would be out for the summer when he needed to go back to work. 

Post # 6
6009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

@skibobrown:  It’s the State Disability Insurance.  If you pay taxes to the EDD quarterly, you’re paying into the state sytem.  Most CA employers use the state system unless they have their own private short term disability coverage, so your husband should check with his HR department.  If it’s a very big company, they might have private short term disability; otherwise, he may very well be covered, too.

Post # 8
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2007

Darling Husband didn’t have paternity leave, but he had a lot of annual leave built up. He ended up taking 3 weeks right after the baby was born (which was heaven… it was great for our relationship with each other, for my sanity, for our joint bonding with baby…), and then he took off another week to watch the baby by himself when I first went back to work.

It worked out well for us- glad you have this option!

Post # 9
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

My husband has all of his days (sick, vacation, holidays, etc.) in one bank, and he has quite a few weeks in there so he’ll be able to take some time off. I’m not working, so luckily I don’t have to worry about it. His plan is to take a week off, and then work from home until we’re comfortable having him back at work.

Post # 10
389 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

Darling Husband has paternity leave– 2 wks paid. He’s planning to take that time off to spend with me & baby, and then since he has tons of vacation time saved up, he’ll use some of that after I return to work after maternity leave. (Delaying start of our child care plans by only 2 or 3 weeks, but at least that’s something.) I think your plan sounds reasonable, but keep in mind that you’ll probably want him at home for at least a week or 2 after the baby is born to bond + have his help if you need it– especially if you won’t have a mom or Mother-In-Law visiting during that time to help.

Fun fact: NYTimes had an article on working parents last Friday. The article said only 7% of US workplaces offer paid paternity leave. I didn’t know how rare it was until I read that. Definitely counting my lucky stars that Darling Husband has this at his work place.

Post # 11
4824 posts
Honey bee

My Darling Husband has 5 days with his company. Not that we are pregnant, but I thought it was cool to find that out.


@Mrs. Spring: That is good to know. We are in CA

Post # 13
1220 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

He’s technically self employed so our plan is for him to take maybe 2 days or so off right when we get home to help me and then he’ll go back to work and maybe leave early for awhile.  He’s got clients to deal with and he works in the financial industry so taking a huge chunk of time off is not fesibile.  

Post # 14
1126 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My Darling Husband will get 1 or 2 weeks paternity leave.  I like the idea of staggering, but I want help as well, plus I’d like him to be home those first few days.  I guess we’ll see when the time comes – maybe my mom will come stay the first week and then he’ll take off the second week.  I get 4 weeks only, so the baby’s going to have a nanny/be in day care pretty early anyway.

Post # 15
1120 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

My husband gets 10 weeks paid, and then he could take some more but would only be paid by employment insurance and it’s about 55% of his salary…

I get a full year, but the paternity leave will be taken off of my year, so Darling Husband will take about 6 to 8 weeks of paternity and combine it with vacation, so that we can avoid daycare before our LO is 10 months.

Wow we get it good in Canada..

Post # 16
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

We get a year in Canada to split up any way you feel is suitable, except the person who gives birth has to take a certain amount right away for recovery.  My work tops up to 90% of my salary, and DH’s tops up to 93%. 

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