(Closed) Maternity leave for federal employees

posted 9 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I’m a federal employee. You are confusing me with the FMLA talk. I know what it is…but regardless..it comes out of your leave right? Or are youplanning on extending maternity leave with LWP? (leave without pay)

Post # 5
1953 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Sugaree:  You are correct.  You get up to 12 weeks where they cannot fire you. But they do not have to let you take leave.  You can take 6-8 weeks of sick leave because you would have a doctors note. 

I am state employee but didn’t have an issue taking the extra time.  In fact, my boss didn’t really care if the other time came from sick/annual. 

How do you earn leave?  If you go below 100 hours, can you count on earning it back quickly?

Post # 7
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I was a federal employee when I have birth 19 months ago.  I had to investigate this greatly as I was being denied everything.  FMLA regulations do not allow them to deny your use of leave if you have it.  Here it talks about paid leave http://webapps.dol.gov/elaws/whd/fmla/14c.aspx. I don’t know why they are requiring you hold leave.  I have never heard of that.

Post # 9
179 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Do you know why they’re requiring you to keep 100 hours of leave? I work for the federal government and I’m definitely not required to do that. That doesn’t seem right to me…

In fact, tons of people here have too much leave, and are told to use it up before the end of the year.

Post # 10
2865 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: City, State

The policy for my agency is 6 weeks of medical (8 if a c-section) and then up to 6 additional for annual or unpaid. You cannot take more than 6 of sick because you are not sick. In talking to other federal friends, this seems normal.

Oh, and we have never had to hold 100 hours of leave. I routinely take all of mine!

Post # 12
1135 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I would look into this “requirement” to hold onto 100 hours of leave.  I also work for the federal government and I’m pretty sure agencies do not ever have the power to require you to maintain a certain level of leave (other than a non-negative number).  I know at least at the agency I work for, my boss cannot deny me the use of any leave.  I even have coworkers who did a leave/LWOP combo while they were out for maternity, i.e., they took 4 days of sick or annual leave every week and combined it with one day/week of LWOP.  You’d have to work this out with your supervisor but they should allow it.

Post # 13
342 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Ok. That is in fact what I am planning on taking, 3 months (12 weeks) of maternity leave, which would be a combination of both sick and annual. At my agency they don’t require anyone to keep a 100 hr leave balance.

Post # 14
194 posts
Blushing bee

What agency is this? I work for the IRS, and we can take up to nine months of time off. We can use any combination of sick leave, annual leave, and leave without pay. We can also get up to 1 year worth of advance sick leave. I’m due in May, and planning on returning to work in early – mid October, using a combo of sick/annual/LWP – I’m going to use some paid days each week to make sure my insurance and such is covered, and get a small paycheck also. I am also perplexed as to the having to hold leave – we were discouraged from taking leave during our first year when on probation and receiving training, but other than that have always been approved for leave if we have it. Hearing that it’s not the same in other agencies is making me happier where I am now, I had been thinking about trying to switch before I got pregnant..

Post # 15
924 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Man, I’m bookmarking this thread for future use. I have an interview with an agency in the federal govt next week fingers crossed! So, does this mean you *can’t* get pregnant during the first year (say after you’ve been working there 6 months or so), and be eligible for paid mat leave? Or, is it as long as you’ve been working there for 12months before you give birth you’re eligible if that makes sense?

Post # 16
3949 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I worked for the Federal Government, prior to moving, and there were four people preg during one year.  One of the women had so much time accured she was out from June- January.  Another was out from November thru May.  I don’t think there is a way your boss can not let you use your leave, as long as you get the request in on time.  Are you part of the union?  I would definitely go talk to someone who has worked in your division longer for some advice.  There was an older woman that worked in our division that would sit down and figure out how to get the most time off for you.  

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