Found out FMLA not approved 7 weeks into maternity leave

posted 2 years ago in Babies
Post # 2
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m so sorry, I would be so upset too if I thought I had more time and someone told me I didn’t. So many changes with bringing a baby home and becoming a mom, you shouldn’t have to deal with this on top of it! Hugs. 

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

This sounds so unfair.  Keep fighting it!  Do you think you could get a doctors note for those last two weeks?  Contact your doctor and see if they can help you with that at least.  

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I agree with pp.. see if you can get a doctor’s note! at my work we get 90 days of sick leave for maternity leave. we need a doctor’s note and no one has a trouble getting a doctor to say they need all 90 days for recovery!

also your HR is a dick.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It’s worth a shot to try the doctor’s note! I found most OBs to be quite compassionate when it comes to extending leave time so give it a whirl. You legitimately have a reason too if your incision hasn’t fully healed. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

Definitely try to get a doctor’s note! Sorry you’re going through this 🙁

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

hollyberry4 :  That is so horrible! I would give your dr. a call / visit and explain the situation & see what they say. I’m only 18 weels. but my dr.’s office tells me nearly every visit to let me know if anything is too much for me, that they can help me with my options including dr.’s notes for time off… I think most dr.’s are very compassionate about this sort of thing- they may even have someone there to handle it all for you (my dr.s office has a staff member who does nothing but help & process disability claims all day)…. 

Post # 10
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

hollyberry4 :  Definitely go see a doctor and talk to the doctor and explain the situation.  When my son was born, I did get to use the full 12 weeks of FMLA however when I came back to work, my area was in mandatory overtime and there was no way that I could/wanted to do that while trying to take care of a newborn.  My doctor wrote a note saying I could not work more than my 40 hours a week.  Which my work had to comply with since it was a doctor’s note.  

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

hollyberry4 :  I’m so sorry to hear this, it is super shitty.  I know you are upset but take a breath. It’s ok. At least its only two weeks shorter than you thought and you are getting paid for the 10 weeks, firstly. I know its seems devastating but its managable. First thing to do is talk to your OB and see if you can get a drs note. You should be able to use your sick time for those last two weeks, especially if you are so upset they could say you have post partum depression and cant come in. I’m in a similar situation in that my district has even shittier policy for FMLA. We can only take 6 weeks if its a vaginal birth and 8 weeks for a c section, starting when we give birth. The men are entitled to take absolutely zero time. Even though I have 150 sick days I havent used I still cant use them to extend my leave past the 6 or 8 weeks, of which I still have to use my sick time for. I’m due monday and am thinking if its a vaginal birth it will put me two weeks shy of christmas break, and I will have to come back and then go on break. so I spoke with my union rep and asked her “hypotetically” if I did not feel well enough to come back could I use my sick time and just call out sick. She said it wouldnt be an issue since its such a short time but if I tried for longer than two weeks (like another 6 weeks or whatever) they would prob ask fcr a drs note. It is frustrating because when it is your sick time that you saved you should at least be able to use it for the 12 weeks. Anyway I talked to my OB about it and she said if need be she will “figure something out” to put in a note. Its so sad and disgusting that I was and still am considering a voluntary c section so I can get an extra 2 weeks paid of my OWN sick time!! Its so messed up!! Anyway I hope you can get those last two weeks with a drs note. If not it is ok, you will figure it out and you will get through it. sending hugs and strength <3

Post # 13
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

You should also file a grievance and get your Union to pursue it. Most collective agreements have an equivalency in many of the clauses Your speech therapy work woud be considered equivalent to the instructional staff, and your after hours work should be treated the same. This won’t help right away but you may be entitled to 2 weeks sometime in the future, or the settlement could be having the extra two weeks of childcare paid for.

Lesson to be learned by others? Sort all this out before you go on leave and get it in writing.

Post # 14
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Buzzing Beekeeper

bellarose606 :  An extra 2 weeks off work is NOT worth getting a voluntary c-section. Seriously. The reason you get more time off for a c-section is because you need that extra time for the physical recovery. It’s hard and there are repercussions that will last log beyond those 2 weeks (hello front butt), and that’s assuming no complications. 

Also, FMLA is a federal law. If you qualify for it (under federal law, it’s not district specific) local policy can say whether it’s paid or unpaid and/or what kind of paid leave can be used, but the length of time doesn’t vary: FMLA is 12 weeks.

Post # 15
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Helper bee

bellarose606 :  I could be wrong, but I think if you are actually taking FMLA leave, the company has to allow the whole 12 weeks, for men and women (of course it might be unpaid depending on company policy). Someone correct me if I’m wrong though. 

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