(Closed) Maternity Leave in NJ

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Job protection (FMLA) and income replacement (std) are two different things, often used for the birth of a child, together.

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper

I don’t live in NJ, but at my job, FMLA is used, however concurrently with any sick and vacation time accrued.  Meaning if I don’t have vacation or sick time accrued it is unpaid leave.  FMLA just protects me from being fired while I’m out. 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

NJ and CA (where I’m from) have almost identical policies. So yes, this is all accurate. 

Does your company offer STD? If they do, then that’s what you’re receiving before hand. That will allow you to stop work prior to baby’s arrival and then they will help pay your salary.

Once baby arrives you’re on SDI from the state. If your company provides paid maternity leave benefits, this is when they would kick in. They would pay the difference from the state SDI payment.

You then have 6 weeks PFL or baby bonding. This is typically 55% of your salary for 6 weeks. Dad’s can be eligible for this too, check! Then you have another 6 weeks unpaid baby bonding if you wish to take it.

If you have an HR department, I highly suggest talking to them and having them walk you through this process, it’s SO confusing. 

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

According to that link above, your doctor has to actually say you are disabled in order to take paid leave before the baby arrives.

FMLA almost always runs concurrently.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

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weddingbliss1028 :  Your doctor does need to say you’re disabled in order to get the time off before. I had to jump through hoops. But at the end of it all I got placed on bedrest prior to my baby coming so it worked out. I wouldn’t wish that upon anybody because it’s stressful. 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

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weddingbliss1028 :  You can’t just go off work early because you feel like it. Well, you could, but you’d be fired for absenteeism. You need a medical reason/disability to qualify for you for FMLA or pegnancy disability leave or whatever. A doctor will need to diagnose you with a reason to be off work. It is better to have an uneventful pregnancy and work up until labor than to get time off work before labor because you and/or the baby is in some kind of distress.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I live in NY, so not sure if it’s the same. But I was told by the company that handles STD for my employer, that I can take up to 2 weeks prior to my due date off as “nesting” time without any type of Dr’s note. Vacation/PTO must be used first before STD kicks in. STD doesn’t kick in until day 15 days after you stop working. 

FMLA runs concurrently with “Maternity Leave” which is 6 weeks for vaginal or 8 weeks for C-section. After that time frame, they follow up and see if you are returning to work or staying out for longer (up to 3 months as per FMLA). 

I’m planning on stopping 2 weeks prior to my due date, and I forgot to ask if that’s when FMLA starts…I would assume yes but I’ll double check. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

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weddingbliss1028 :  I’m in NJ, and I had a few work friends who just went out on maternity leave. Since I am TTC I’ve been asking them all about it.

So you get 4 weeks pre baby, I think someone told me you just need a doctor to approve it and most will. then you get 6-8 weeks STD and you also get 6 more weeks FLI “bonding time”. Both of these are paid at 75% (Though I’m not sure if that’s statewide or just outback company) I was told your job is already protected under the STD so FMLA doesn’t kick in till you start the FLI. FMLA is 12 weeks so you can also take up to 6 more weeks unpaid if needed. One of my coworkers has been using her FMLA through the year of the baby is sick or can’t find a sitter that day. Hope this helps!

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