Post # 62
I know that was sarcasm, but in most cases they get someone on a temporary contract for the year you are gone to avoid this.
I know I will get to train someone to cover me once my due date gets closer. Also when I go back to work they don’t have to give me that same position. They just have to have a position for me in the company but they can’t give me a lesser wage. So I have to hope I don’t get put in another department when I go back.
Post # 63
I’m planning on being off 12 weeks after the birth. If I don’t use any of my banked time off until the birth Ill have 7 1/2 weeks paid 100% (plus 1 extra week to use before if I know when its coming). I find out after the new year if I qualify for a “disibality” type program at work. It would pay about 60% of any remaining leave time (for as long as the dr says I need to be off from my job) plus I would start accruing sick time during those remaining weeks. If I don’t qualify for it, I have to petition my head office for leave without pay and hope they approve it.
Post # 64
smells like jealousy! Maybe not so much if you had our tax rate. Enjoy that unpaid overtime, I don’t know many Canadians who aren’t compensated for OT either by pay or time off in lieu for salaried positions. Damn socialists, eh!?
Post # 65
hahah yep. 🙂
Now to be honest: I personally would rather be at work than stuck at home with a baby. They are not my thing.
Post # 66
WOW! Thank you bees! Never expected to get quite so many answers! Yeah for Canada!!!!
And i am schocked to know in some places women only have 7 weeks..7 weeks???That’s inhumane! It’s beyond me the thought of leaving a 7 weeks baby in a nursery/daycare..it’s tough enough to leave our 5 or 6 months old baby so i simply can not immagine and my heart goes to all those of you out there who are forced into this .
I must add that besides the 24 weeks of maternity leave, we also have sick days and holidays. Many mothers usually join their 22 days of holidays to the maternity leave so they can be with their babies until they’re 7 months. I won’t to that because i understand my firm’s situation, also.
Post # 67
I’m in the UK. We can take up to 52 weeks in total. The first 6 weeks of that are full pay, then it switches to half pay for a bit longer, then very little pay, and then nothing for the last bit. The money is pretty rubbish but the amount of time off is good. Plus we accrue annual leave while on maternity leave which we can add onto the mat leave if we wish.
If I were to decide not to return to my job for at least 3 months after the leave the I would be invoiced for some of the money back.
Post # 68
you can take up to 52 weeks of Statutory Maternity Leave in the UK
- 26 weeks of Ordinary Maternity Leave
- 26 weeks of Additional Maternity Leave
- the first 6 weeks – 90% of your average weekly earnings (AWE) before tax
- the next 33 weeks – £135.45 or 90% of your AWE (whichever is lower)
Any time after that is unpaid
Post # 69
I can take 6 weeks of sick leave for a vaginal birth and 8 for a c-section. Then I can take the next 6 (or 4 with a c section) as annual leave or leave without pay. So to get the full 12 weeks off, I would need to save up all my leave for 2 years.
Oh, and I work for the US federal government
Post # 71
another Canadian bee here who gets 52 weeks. my job also tops up my salary to 93% for the first 6 months. i had to work at my job for 13 weeks though to qualify for this and i JUST made it. I also had to work 600 hours in the past year to qualify for the government pay (as someone explained before, it is 55% of your salary to a maximum of $485 a week, so i am not really getting 55%, but I’m happy with whatever i get!), and i JUST made that as well, i think i worked like 630 hours or something.
I also found out by the appearance of a check in the mail yesterday that we get child tax benefits – so apparently for the next little while, i will be getting a couple hundred dollars a month. it will go down in 6 months when they recalcuate based on new family income, which will be higher in 2012 than it was in 2011. again, i was thrilled by this and anything i get!
Post # 72
reading this makes me very happy I don’t like in america. wooo socialized health care!!
Post # 73
I got 6 weeks even though I had a c-section and then 12 weeks paid fml a after that
Post # 74
Another Canadian Bee here! I get the usual 52 weeks. I think the technical breakdown is 17 weeks maternity leave plus an additional 35 weeks parental leave. Unfortunately, my company doesn’t top-up so I will receive the maximum government-funded amount of $485/week. That works out to about $870 bi-weekly after taxes.
Post # 75
This post makes me want to move to Canada!
Post # 76
Wow, I feel very fortunate. I get 52 weeks off with a top-up to 93% of my pay. I figure the 7% difference is really the cost of my train to/from work and my tea/snack at work.