(Closed) I think we live in the wrong country! Maternity leave related.

posted 7 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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4385 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I definitely can’t complain up here in Canada) We get 12 months of unemployment insurance basically, it’s 50% of your salary, but maxes out at a salary of 44k I think (so it’s 22k if you make 44 or higher). A lot of employers have some top up too. Mine tops up the first 17 weeks to 93% of your salary.

Post # 4
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1626 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

No. I wont even get the 6 weeks. My jobs has crap for benefits. I’m not having a baby right now so I’m not worrying about it too much yet, but it has crossed my mind that taking 6 weeks off really wont work out.

My job is known for hiring temporary employees when someone is on leave and then just never getting rid of them and kind of backwards replacing the person who was on leave.

Post # 5
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14658 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Nope.  We get the 6 weeks and then whatever vacation time you have saved up.  Our policy requries us to take one week off (vacation time or unpaid if you dont have any) before the 6 weeks kicks in. 

Is that paid leave for a year?!?

Post # 6
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5009 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

I get six months fully paid, three months partial pay, six weeks paid holiday and the remainder of a year unpaid plus I can take up to a three year career break after with a job at the end of it. I’m in the UK in a government job.

Where are you that you only get six weeks?

Post # 8
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7777 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

In the UK, you get an automatic 26 weeks and can get an additional 26 weeks, which is a combined 52 weeks/1 year. The father can also take up to 26 weeks. You can start it upo to 11 weeks before your due date. I think it’s paid up to 39 weeks. For the first 6 weeks, it’s 90% of your regular weekly pay and the remaining 33 weeks it’s either 90% of your weekly pay or £128.73 ($203) weekly, whichever is lower. I’m not a British citizen, so I may be slightly wrong but this is what the gov website says.

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@roxy821:  i agree. the system isnt exactly ideal in this country.  where my family is from it was about a year too. not too mention you have time off and what not from the first day you are hired.  not 90 days.

my company is 6 weeks for a natural birth 8 weeks if you had a c section.  dont ask me why.

Post # 10
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3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I don’t get any maternity leave and I have a really nice job (the benefits are great for everything other than maternity). I get whatever annual leave I have saved. Forget taking off two months before I’m due, I’d probably work until I go into labor.

I think I can take up to 6 months unpaid, but I’d rather quit than take unpaid leave?

Post # 11
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14658 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@roxy821:holy crap.  yeah, US companies mat leave is total crap.  Sometime I consider us lucky that we even get the 6 weeks, but for the most part, we’re gettnig the short end of the stick here.  Yeah, the rest of the 12 weeks if I dont have vacation time saved up, I would have to take unpaid also.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@PinkMagnolia: Why would you rather quit than take unpaid leave?  With leave, you at least have the option to go back right?  But if you quit, then you’d have to find a new job when you want to return to work?

Post # 13
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3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@zippylef “the remaining 33 weeks it’s either 90% of your weekly pay or £128.73 ($203) weekly, whichever is lower.”

$200 a week for maternity leave? eek that wouldn’t even cover diapers. That’s only a little better than unpaid.

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree we do live in the wrong country. its very frustration and totally unfair! I just dont get it why a country like america wouldnt have a better system in place.

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