Post # 77
At my company, I will get up to 25 weeks at 100% paid, then anything after that will be long term disability at 50% paid. I’m not sure how long I plan on taking (somewhere btw 12-16 weeks) and will be asking around to see what others have done in the past here. I feel like 25 weeks is so long!
Post # 78
What exactly is the top-up that people are mentioning? Is your company covering what the government doesn’t? I’m just confused because I haven’t heard of that before and we’re planning on trying in September right after the wedding so I’d like to get informed asap.
How does one figure out this top-up eligibility?
Post # 79
I’m lucky enough to be able to be a Stay-At-Home Mom once the baby is born. I only work part-time now so I wouldn’t be entitled to any paid time, could probably work out unpaid time.
Post # 80
One. Plus whatever vacation time I have banked.
Post # 82
Top-up is a payment made by your employer. In Canada when a person takes mat leave their are entitled to Employment Insurance from the government. Some companies offer a “top-up” beyond the amount from the government. In my case my employer is going to pay me a supplemental payment so that between the government EI and my top up I’m receiving 93% of my salary.
You’d have to speak with your employer to find out what type of maternity leave benefits they offer. My old company offered 100% for 17 weeks and then nothing for the remaining 35 weeks of maternity leave. Maternity leave policies was something that I considered when I changed jobs 4 years ago because I knew I would be wanting to start a family.
Post # 83
I work for a public school system and I can take up to 16 weeks. That might sound like a great amount of time but how I am payed during that time is where it gets tricky.
First I can use whatever leave I have left (we get 12 days each year and can save them). Then our teachers union has what is called a Maternity Leave Bank. We “pay” one of our leave days towards this bank each year and when you eventually have a baby they will give you 30 paid days during your maternity leave. So if you save your leave and buy into the bank you could end up covering the whole time.
Also, if a paid school holiday falls during my maternity leave I automatically get paid for it and do not have to use any type of leave for it.
So, if I time it right I could end up with a nice chunk of time.
Post # 84
Canadian here. One year on EI which others have explained, my company has no top up, but my DHs does. Plus job security to return after the year off.
Post # 85
Wow! Huge variation there!! We get 26 weeks fully paid plus 16 weeks unpaid. Not too bad.
Post # 86
I’m a teacher in California – 6 weeks unpaid, so I’m signing up today for disability insurance.
That’s right – I have to go on disability if I want to have any money at all!
Post # 87
i get 13 weeks at 50% pay from my employer. i also get disability at about 50% for 6 weeks for a vag birth or 8 weeks for a c-section. the state of CA also has 6 weeks at about 1/2 your pay. i plan on taking the disability and then the time from CA along with my leave. that would give me 100% of my pay for 12 weeks and then only 1 week would be at half pay. i’m required (by my employer) to take all of my PTO before maternity leave kicks in and i accrue 4 weeks PTO/year. i will hopefully have at least 2-3 weeks saved up so that will add to my leave.
Post # 88
I don’t get top up either. My SIL just had a baby and she mentioned how much she is getting for mat leave. Just like what the other Bee’s are saying, $485 a week?? The whole month is less than what I make in 2 weeks at my job… I work for a private company and I am considering asking for some type of top up (even up to 75%) instead of my annual raise if I am pregnant at my next contract review in September…
Post # 89
12 weeks unpaid. 5 days are paid, lol.
Post # 90
I hear you on the monthly income loss! At the maximum mat leave rate I will be “losing” around. $3,500/month compared to my usual take-home pay. That’s like a 65% wage loss. Ouch! I am so envious of all you Canadian Bees who get a top-up! That being said, I do realize that as Canadians we do have it better than some other countries when it comes to mat leave so I am grateful for what I have.
Post # 91
My university recently instituted a policy that everyone gets at least 8 weeks paid. if you have enough sick and vacation time saved up, you must use that. if you don’t have enough saved, the university will pay what you don’t have at full salary up to 8 weeks. And FMLA requires jobs be held for 12 weeks. So people will get at a minumum 12 weeks off with the first 8 fully paid. We have a pretty generous vacation and sick time package by U.S. standards at 22 days vacation and 15 days sick per year, which can be saved year to year + 3 personal days a year which cannot be saved, making for 8 weeks paid time off a year, not counting holidays. This also means, however, that we cannot use disability insurance for parental leave.
Me personally, I should have enough sick and vacation time saved that I can use it to pay myself my full salary for the 12 FMLA weeks. My research center is pretty flexible, too, so I will probably take an additional 2-3 months working half time, and with the help of my husband and family coming in from out of town, I hope this means I won’t have to send my child to daycare until she is 5-6 months old.