(Closed) Maternity leave in small business

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 31
1831 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

graygodess20:  I work in PA for a hospital. My department splintered off into a separate group that services the hospital. So while my job is the same, I no longer qualify for FMLA or any kind of sick/maternity leave because there’s less than 50 employees in the group. They could legally fire me for missing work to have a baby. God bless the USA.

Post # 32
674 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I work in TX for a very small office, 3 employees and 2 contract workers.  I get no formal maternity leave.. I’m sure I can talk my boss into allowing me 8 weeks unpaid leave (playing the c-section, medically necessary leave card) but if he really wants to, he doesn’t have to guarantee me a job after I have a baby. Because I want to take 12-16 weeks off I’m planning on finding a new job after I give birth to start after a 12-16 week maternity leave.

Post # 33
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I think you are underestimating the emotional toll birth and new parenting takes. Physically I wasn’t recovered for more then a month, and I cried every day for the first 3 weeks. Nothing lasting but my emotions were just all over the place. Plus a 3 week old is so tiny, you will want longer off work to bond and spend time with your baby. I know work is important but no one is irreplaceable . They will figure it out and you will only get

this time once with your child. Best wishes! Ps as

a CanadIan mom who got 13 months off

paid and 1 month unpaid I feel for you American moms! Terrible that many of you have to go back to work so quick! 

Post # 34
604 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m not a mom yet, but a few years ago I worked with a small-ish office of about 20 people.  My boss, the office manager (it was an architecture firm with me, the office manager, and about 15 architects) had a baby while I worked there and only took 10 days off because that’s what she had saved up for PTO.  I remember her coming back and sitting on this inflatable donut thing for the first week or two.  I felt so bad for her, but some companies are just like that.  Legally, they don’t HAVE to give you that time off.  She maybe could’ve taken a few weeks more unpaid with a doctor’s note, but she couldn’t afford it. 

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