Post # 32
I am in the female-dominated field of education, and we get…zip, zero. We can save up PB & sick days (but you can’t use more than 2 PB days in a row -you have to wait until the following year & then they roll over into sick days.) I am so new that I probably will have less than 2 wks of pay by the time our 1st rolls around. Nice.
We do get 11 or 12 weeks UNPAID. So here I am getting sick from my little monsters all of the time and going into work so I can hoard my sick days for maternity leave (I am working while battling an upper respiratory infection & bronchitis RIGHT NOW.)
Post # 33
I would check because reading that info was pretty informative. It says in my handbook in order to get maternity leave benefits you have to have worked 12 months or #### hours. I’m not sure if that is common but I’ll make sure I take that into account if I do end up moving back to the east coast.
Post # 34
@ttn133: the 12/months, x hours are most likely to be eligible for FMLA. FMLA allows you to legally take up to 12 weeks, unpaid, but your job is protected.
Post # 35
I’m not looking to have a baby right now but government employees get nada. We have to use up our accrued annual leave and sick leave then evoke FMLA and possibly people might donate their hours to us.
Post # 36
@gabrielleelise1981: I think it’s a requirement for me to get Short term disability… I think that is what maternity leave is classified under, although for my company, there is difference between pregnancy medical leave versus regular medical leave. Yeah, I love reading my handbook, it’s so easy to understand. 😉
Post # 37
I live in Australia, I get 6 weeks paid maternity leave from my employer and I get 18 weeks paid parental leave from the government – this just started as of January 1st 2011.
Post # 38
Yeah, I don’t think fathers get anything in this country well besides FMLA. Sucks!
ETA: Oh nevermind, I just looked apparently CA offers paid paternal leave. I guess some larger companies might offer it too.
Post # 39
I get a year that my work tops up to 93% of my salary as part of our benefits package. We can take a further year unpaid and our position will be held.
It’s definitely not free though. Although it seems like our taxes are similar (32% ish) to a lot of your guys’.
Post # 40
i don’t have any kids, but i know while in the military, you get 6 weeks off paid time. you can take leave after that if you have it (which is paid time off). some women opt to, others not.
Post # 41
Most teachers get a year off. I’m not sure if it’s paid, but I know the school district will hold your job for a year.
Post # 42
I live in the UK, and we get 13 weeks at full pay and another 39 weeks at a fixed rate. And after that most jobs have additional benefits like only coming back to work 2 days a week at first and slowly building up to full-time.
Post # 43
I live in Ireland (although I’m American) and we don’t get a year (I wish!) we get 6 months (at my company I get 75% of my pay for 6 months) and then we’re entitled to take an additional 16 weeks unpaid. As much as it is rough to live so far away from home and I wish I was closer to my family I am pretty glad that I get to benefit from this type of maternity leave. Even before I lived here I knew I’d never be able to manage the standard 6 weeks leave – it’s totally inhumane.
Post # 44
I get absolutely nothing paid. Nothing. I can choose to take my vacation time to have some salary, but we purchased a secondary insurance that will pay 60% of my salary for 3 months but believe me we are paying for that now. We aren’t pregnant yet, but plan to be this year. I had to be on this extra insurance for 3 months before it would be valid. Crazy. On top of that I work for one of the top hospitals in the country.
Post # 45
I work for a contract research firm in DC that employs several thousand people (so we’re not a tiny company or anything), and all I get is FMLA- i.e. 12 weeks protected but totally unpaid. Company doesn’t offer short-term disability, so my entire maternity leave will be unpaid. Sucks a lot- on the upside, my company is really good about flexibility when it comes to things like coming back to work, working from home a certain amount, working only 4 days a week, and other non-traditional arrangements that are nice to have as a new parent. DH is federal government, so he also gets no paid leave- however he gets a lot more vacation and other days off than I do, plus he can essentially rack up up to 24 hours of “rollover minutes” in advance to spend on leave, so he’ll probably just used his regular paid personal leave to take a few weeks off.
Post # 46
I’m really lucky; as a CA employee paying into the state systems, I got 6 weeks short term disability at 66% and 6 weeks “baby bonding” leave at 66%. I used sick leave and vacation to bump that up to 100% pay for the full 12 weeks.