(Closed) Maternity Leave Laws are Depressing…

posted 6 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsCarnival:  Our maternity leave rules as a nation really, really, really suck.

Yeeeep. “Family values,” my ass.

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Wow, that is terrible. My company has 6 people and although not required to offer FMLA they do (thankfully!)  I’m not sure I’d work at a company that didn’t. Although, I’m hoping to be back working (at least part time) asap once I have a kid!  

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@mightywombat:  

I’m canadian, so I never had to face what women in the US have to deal with in regards to maternity leave. I always figured though that the US is way behind in their maternity leave (and medical) comapared to other developed nations. I feel for ya, and hope for the best in this situation!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Luckily, I am FMLA eligible.  I also work for a health system so that’s nice.  I have a bunch of time off saved up, so I am hoping to keep the amount of time off without pay to a minimum. 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I agree I love Canada for that main reason, 1 year paid mat leave 🙂

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 1993

I agree, the US is practically medieval on their maternity laws (except if we were in Medieval times, the woman would be staying with the baby anyway!).

Serbia, Latvia, Croatia, and Malta are just a few of the countries that offer higher benefits than the U.S.A.

Post # 10
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Every so often, when I travel abroad, I am really embarrassed to be an American.

Every time someone brings up maternity/paternity leave, healthcare, or military spending, it’s pretty humiliating. Our values are so out of whack with the rest of the developed world!

Post # 12
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MrsCarnival:  Depending on your state, short term disability insurance might be an option for you! DO you have that as a benefit option through your work? Would you have it if you changed jobs?

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Hopefully your company will hold your job for 12 weeks, even though they don’t legally have to. I work for a German company and they get a yr paid materinity leave but since I’m in the US I get 6-8 weeks paid with a 1 week waiting period and have to be back by 12 weeks. Got to love our maternity policies!

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We get 12 weeks here of FMLA and that only pays half of my salary. Our company does not offer any additional help plus we have to pay for our benefits that are usually deducted from our paycheck. It sucks but we are currently working on paying as much as we can on our credit cards and making double payments on my car so we can be free and clear by the time I do conceive and give birth. 

I think that the laws dont give much time for a mother to spend with their baby, I am hoping that we can survive on me working part time when I do have a baby.

Good luck to all of you! 

Post # 15
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Yeah, I’m no where near TTC but I worry about this at my job.  We have 6 employees, and no one in the history of the company has ever had a baby so I’ll be the first.  Considering my boss broke his hip and was back to work the day they let him out of the hospital I seriously doubt I’ll be allowed much time off. 🙁

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@mrskrumpet:  I don’t think it is 100% paid though.  It’s up to your company whether or not they want to top you up to your full salary once we get our Unemployment benefits for the year.  I also think we can legally take another year off (unpaid) and still expect a job when we return.

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