Post # 1
Ladies, how does my maternity proposal sound? I asked for my company’s policy and then I decided to add a few extra weeks with vacation and unpaid leave. Hopefully this will be approved accordingly. I’m trying to spend as much time possible with my newborn baby. I also plan to breastfeed him too. In addition, I’m going to propose working from home one day out of the week. Hopefully on Fridays since they tend to be lighter workload days at my company. My due date is 3/30/13
In the state of California, we have pregnancy disablility insurance where it can only be used up to 4 weeks before the baby is born. We will get 55% of our pay on this plan.
California State Disability Insurance for 1-2 weeks prior (tentative), if so last day of work before leave could be on Friday, 3/15 or Friday, 3/22. If I do not use this benefit, my last day of work before leave could be Friday, 3/29.
Baby is born March 30, 2013 (estimated due date)
6-8 weeks short-term full paid leave from our outside vendor with the company
4 weeks full paid from my company
2 weeks unpaid leave from remaining FMLA considering I had a normal delivery without c-section.
2 weeks paid vacation
2 weeks unpaid personal leave (if this is possible)
Return from Maternity leave would be on Monday, July 22 if this was the scenario.
Wish me luck ladies! It’s the last 2 weeks unpaid I’m hoping for approval. I do not want to use my 7 remaning vacation days I will have during the year because of holidays and etc.
Post # 3
Wow. My entire job would fall apart at the seams if I were gone for four months in a row. You’re very lucky! I am going to be back at least one or two days a week within the first month. 🙁
Post # 4
@daybyday: Honestly I feel that’s what’s going to happen I’m pretty certain they will give me a laptop before my leave to monitor activity somehow. I’ll also receive phone calls, I already see it coming. I just hope they don’t let all my work backup and I’m super stressed doing a workload of stuff from the last four months. That would be crazy.
Post # 5
Posts like this always make me glad I am Canadian. Between EI Maternity Leave, Parental Leave and my collective agreement, we are entitled to one full year of paid leave.
Post # 6
@julies1949: It’s unfortunate that the US does not have better maternity leave options. A year would be great but I would be happy with at least 6 months. I think that would be a fantastic start. But most people required by law will get 12 weeeks unpaid only if their company has 50 or more employees.
Post # 7
@julies1949: dang! Moving to Canada once baby making years roll around 😀
Post # 8
@bellarain: I think it sounds like a great proposal! Would your company not hire a temporary leave replacement for you while you are out?
One of my hopes for the future of the U.S. is that we’ll (as a society) start valuing our society’s future, ie. our children, enough to make it feasible for mothers to spend those first 6 months-a year with their babies during that important developmental time. I hope your company works with you on this—you deserve it!
Post # 9
@julies1949: Saaaaame here. This is one stress I’m so glad I don’t have to be faced with.
@bellarain: Your proposal sounds reasonable, I hope they approve it!
Post # 10
Thanks ladies! I’m still waiting to hear back from HR. I sent this over to HR almost 2 weeks ago but my HR have been very slow these past couple of weeks since Hurricane Sandy, they are located in NYC and have been out of their office for about a month. Once they approve, I’ll send it over to my boss to review my anticipated leave. I’m not sure if they will hire a temp yet. It has not been discussed but I will have sit down with boss about this sometime in January/February.
Post # 11
The only thing I can say is: make sure you aren’t using ALL your vacation and personal days for after you get back in this scenario. There will be doctor’s appointments, childcare emergencies, you name it….don’t take it all as maternity leave (if that’s what you’re doing – could just be rollover/accrued stuff allready!)
Post # 12
@crayfish: Yes, I agree. That’s why I only want to take 10 of my vacation days during my leave. I’ll have 7 remaining days left for the year. I’ll return back to work at the end of July, I figure that should be fine for the remaining 5 months of the year. In addition, my company has a very generous sick leave policy. We can use as many as necessary in case i become ill with baby or just need off for just being worn out. I have never abused our sick policy so I’m sure they’ll know when i use it, it must be for valid reason. Since I’ve been pregnant, i haven’t called out sick once I’ve been a trooper so far. As for the year, called out sick two days since January.