(Closed) How many weeks of maternity leave do you get??

posted 8 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 32
980 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

12 weeks paid, which is good for the US. But I am considering buying a nice down coat and moving north to Canada after reading all these posts!

Post # 33
5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

Six months at 90% of full pay, three months at statutory maternity rates (about half my usual pay), three months unpaid plus my 6 weeks paid holiday leave, so up to 45 weeks paid and 13 unpaid. Not bad at all! I can also take a 3 year domestic career break and return to work with no penalty and I can work flexible hours (which I do already).

Post # 34
1138 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I get 18 weeks at full pay, plus I can use vacation time to add 4 weeks on the end of that, plus unpaid leave as requested on a case-by-case basis. I realize I am very, very lucky and the awesome leave policy is part of why I want to have the first LO while at this job.

Post # 35
931 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I feel like I am one of the rare cases in the US where my employer has a generous maternity leave policy. I get 12 weeks at short term disability rate (60% I believe) and then another 12 weeks unpaid (so 6 months total). And I can use vacation days in there (I think I probably will have about a month saved up at that point) and will get paid at 100% for those days).

That said, I work nutty hours most of the time, so once I’m back at the office it will be DH who is primary caregiver and me who is just trying to make the train home to see the kid before bedtime.  I think that’s part of the reason my employer is so generous with the leave policy.

Post # 36
1415 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If I hadn’t quit my job and became self employed I would have had 52 weeks of paid maternity leave. Since I’m not taking maternity leave, DH is able to take parental leave and his employer tops it up so he gets 80% of his current income. It’ll be nice to have him home when the baby arrives. He probably won’t take the full parental leave though…probably just 2-3 months.

Post # 37
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Australia’s maternity leave is not too bad… 52 weeks where they’ll keep your job. The government gives 18 weeks at minimum pay, called the “paid parental scheme” for working mums and is about $606 a week before tax, or a “baby bonus” of $5000 paid over 13 weeks for mums that don’t work.

My employer also gives me 14 weeks paid (2 weeks per year accrued up to a max of 7 years ie 14 weeks) to which I can add my annual leave or holiday leave (accrue 4 weeks per year, up to a max accruement of 6 weeks)

So, I’ll probably take the whole year off and be paid for 20 weeks at full pay and 18 weeks at minimum wage which is great =)

Post # 38
1251 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

6 weeks paid, 8 weeks paid for C-section.

Post # 39
334 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a contractor, so I get absolutely nothing. The plan is to take 5-6 months off and come back to work. The company I’m currently with has agreed that, if I do come back, they’ll pay me the remainder of my commissions that will be owing when I go on leave. So hopefully I’ll be getting a good amount while I’m off.

Post # 40
4354 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Same as the other Canadian bees. My work tops up to 84% of my salary for the first 6 months and then down to the $485/week that 

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@givemecouture: mentioned for the last 6. I might possibly use a bit of vacation time leading up to my due date because I commute pretty far for work and I’m worried about going in to labor on the road alone.

If I needed, my work also pays 100% for up to 17.5 weeks of short term sick leave, which would be handy in the case of bedrest being needed or anything like that.

Post # 41
1175 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Gosh, reading what other Bees get in other countries makes me extremely grateful for the year-long leave we have here in Canada!

Post # 42
1675 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I get 6 weeks paid for vaginal and 8 weeks paid for C-section.  After that I’m taking an additional 6wks using FMLA.  That is not paid but I’ve been planning for that.

Post # 43
508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

12 weeks, unpaid and they don’t have to keep my job.

Bleh.  At least I’ve discussed it with my manager, and they will be keeping my job.  The fact they don’t have to though is a bit nerve wracking.

Post # 44
1278 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

20 weeks would be AMAZING!!!!! I am a teacher. WE can use all of our sick days if we want BUT then you have the risk of not having any if your baby or yourself gets sick. SO we only get 6 weeks Reg delivery, 8 weeks C-Section BUT you do have to use sick days for that whole time. I am Hoping to have mine back up to summer break though. If my baby is born mid April, I can take off my 6 weeks, thru the end of the year, then have the whole summer off too:) Fingers cross I get pregnant in July 2013!!

Post # 45
1583 posts
Bumble bee

6 months male and females

Post # 46
1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

Maternity leave is one of the biggest drawbacks for me moving to the US. Nz gets 14 weeks at partial pay, and a year of time. Losing the time is really hard for me. The things we do for love, eh? :p

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