Post # 31
Oh and don’t forget if you have medical coverage through your employer, you are still responsible for that. So either you pay for it monthly while off, pay all upfront, of pay all of it from your first paycheck back. I dished out $650 of my short term disability to pay for my insurance, really sucks
Post # 32
My work just finally allowed for 4 weeks paid (covered by my work) the rest of the time has to be made up by the employee with a combo of sick and vacation leave
Post # 33
zzar45 : Cosign.
catskillsinjune : That was the “let them eat cake”-iest response you could have written. Yes, she was not held at gunpoint and told to take no more than 4 weeks or else… But presumably in order to provide luxuries like a roof over her head and food on the table, she needs to work right?
Post # 34
zzar45 : +1
Not to derail too much into a political rant, but it’s just so hypocritical how many republicans’ “pro-life” mentality ends the moment the child is born. I wish they’d put their money where their mouth is. You want fewer abortions? Maybe start by making it less effing difficult for women to actually afford to raise a child while maintaining a career and putting a roof over their head.
Post # 35
It’s so BS, even some 3rd world countries get more maternity leave than the USA. Here in New Zealand we will be getting 6 months paid maternity leave next year ($500 a week but that’s something) and they have to leave job open for a year for you.
Post # 36
In Canada it’s 12 months of maternity leave at 84 % of your wage. 18 months if you want 6 months unpaid. We also have universal healthcare, that I’m beyond grateful for. Why isn’t this fought for in your Country?
Post # 37
bradsgirl : It is fought for, but so far it’s been a losing battle unfortunately.
Post # 38
39 weeks paid leave here in England. Feeling very sorry for you US ladies 🙁 hope change happens soon
Post # 39
mamawifeme : Just wanted to comment that 4 weeks paid leave is standard for short-term disability in the US. It’s actually 5 weeks, but it takes a week (or 8 days) to kick in. You will be hard pressed to find a company that offers more than that unless it’s a Fortune 500 company with an official maternity leave policy.
Whether or not that is a good policy is a whole different conversation 🙂 Personally, I would advocate for public daycare and public preschool over more maternity leave. My life is much more impacted by the $1,400 a month I spend sending my son to daycare than it is from the 6 weeks of unpaid maternity leave I took.
Post # 40
I feel you! I’m a teacher and I’m just a few days shy of 28 weeks pregnant. I’ve been meeting with the district office to discuss maternity leave and it is so depressing. First, I must use all my sick days I have saved and then I can extend but take a huge pay cut down to 50%… I am the main earner for our family so I won’t be able to stay out for long and keep up with our house payments and other bills.
Plus, when I return to school, I will have zero sick days to use for myself or the baby should we need them. So any days I need to take off will also be at a 50% pay reduction.
I wish the US was more family friends…. for mothers AND fathers.
Post # 41
The state of maternity leave in the US is embarassing. We lag behind pretty much every other country in the world, including the $h¡th0le countries the orange idiot disparaged.
Post # 42
Im just wondering from a work standpoint how anyone is in a professional career where they can take 3 years off & expect to show up & step into their “held job” role without needing further training/ re-orientation? From a productivity standpoint, it wouldn’t be a financially savvy move to hire young women of child- bearing age – I always wonder about how these extremely long maternity leaves affect business in those countries who have it.
Post # 43
I feel you, bee. Agree with PPs on the voting.
In terms of your situation now, is it a possibility to buy your own STD policy? My work is like yours in that it only gives 4 weeks paid. Well on paper it’s 8 weeks but the difference comes from me having more regular PTO days to apply towards the leave. I get 24 days of which 19 are required to be applied towards mat leave. You might actually be better off flexibility-wise if your work is covered by FMLA. My work is too small to be covered by FMLA so it’s 8 weeks, period. Wish I had the option to take 12 weeks even if partly unpaid.
On top of that, I also had my own STD policy from when I was working for a previous employer which gave me another 6 weeks’ pay (albeit at my lower pay rate with that previous employer). So I actually got paid more than normal during my mat leave lol.
Post # 44
jannigirl : in Canada we have 12-18 month paid mat leave (so not 3 years), but we just hire out a mat leave contract for that time. It’s not really that big of a deal, in fact I think it’s more inconvenient to try and fill a position for 6 weeks vs a whole year.
I get that 3 years a lot can change, but 12-18 months wouldn’t require drastic retraining.
Post # 45
jannigirl : I’m in Australia, and where I work if you stay on maternity leave (unpaid) for a couple of years you can come back to attend professional learning days. Workshops, seminars etc that your colleagues (and replacement) are likely attending. You are by my no means forced to attend, but if you do, you get paid for a normal days work.