(Closed) New job – not qualified for FMLA

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I’m pretty sure everyone is qualified for FMLA, regardless of employer. I would bring it up once you get past the first trimester. Congrats!

Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

MsNightOwl9:  you only qualify if you’ve been there a year and if the company has more than 50 employees.  I’m in a similar situation.  Found out I was pregnant the same time I started a new job.  There was only so much I could figure out from looking through documents, but I knew I wouldn’t qualify for FMLA.  I just told my boss at 14 weeks and I still qualify for the companies’ leave (separate from FMLA) and she was really great about it.  If it’s a larger company with maternity leave policies of it’s own, I’m sure you’ll be fine.  FMLA isn’t paid, just guarantees you the time off and that they’ll hold your job for you.  Most companies aren’t going to want to deal with the wrath of letting go a pregnant woman.  

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

make sure you even qualify for the short term disability plan as often you need to have it in place for  a set period of time before you can use it (ex is 10-12 moS)

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Congrats on both!

This was my problem, as a friend of my referred me to apply for a job at her employer thinking I would be a great candidate. Darling Husband and I TTC at the moment, and I decided that until I know for sure that I’m pregnant, or that we won’t be able to have kids… I have to stay put until then just for the benefits and leave time. I’ve been at my employer for 13 years, and get 100% pay for STD. Whereas, switching jobs (if I had applied and gotten it), benefits would have probably been OK, but my time off paid would not have been good – as I checked into that before making my decision and I would have had to been emlpoyed for a year. Granted yes, if it still took us some time to conceive, then fine… but I didn’t want to take the chances.

Darling Husband and I are not well enough off where we could lose any pay from either of us.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I’m going to echo the sentiment of knpswp, you usually have to be enrolled in short term disability for at least 9 mos before you give birth to qualify for the benefits.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

MsNightOwl9:  in my district (teacher here) if you’re a new hire you’re just not eligible for short term disability in covering anything that’s a pre-existing condition (if you are already pregnant). You have to be without that condition 60 calendar days before STD would go into affect. 

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

MsNightOwl9:  to be honest, those people are pretty much screwed. unfortunately people are not “entitled” to these benefits, theyre extra perks that come along with employment for a period of time, so the employer and insurance company has the control over when they can be instituted and what waiting periods they offer etc.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I applied for a new job (well it was a semi-transfer so maybe slightly different) and found out the day after I put in my 2 weeks that I was pregnant.

I was not eligible for FMLA but my company did transfer my sick leave from my previous job (not vacation) and they pay for STD right away that you are eligible for.  I was only there 7mo before I gave birth and got STD.

They let me use my STD and then PTO and sick leave.  They would have held my job because they’re a decent company and wanted me to work for them- but I did not end up taking any unpaid time off (which they told me I could to make up the difference).  I had 4 weeks of STD and then 5 weeks of paid leave saved.  It sucked going back at 9weeks so this next one I will be taking the full 12! lol.

Post # 14
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

You’ll have to talk to someone at your specific job, but according to the US government, unfortunately you’re not entitled to anything. If that makes you mad, and it should, make sure you’re voting for a candidate in the next presidential election who is committed to better maternity leave policies. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

MsNightOwl9:  sadly, i have no idea! it might be different depending on where you work.  at my job, it’s not paid for by my employer, i had to elect it as coverage and pay into it every pay period to be covered.  hopefully it’s different for you!

 

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