(Closed) Paid Maternity Leave

posted 5 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

PumpkinSpiceChai:  In the UK 

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    <div class=”_TD”>Statutory Maternity Pay ( SMP ) is paid for up to 39 weeks. You get: 90% of your average weekly earnings (before tax) for the first 6 weeks. £138.18 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks.  x</div>
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Post # 17
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I am in the US.  I get 12 weeks paid at 100% with the option to take up to 26 weeks.  Weeks 13 – 26 would be unpaid.  I will take my 12 weeks plus tack on a one week sick and 2 weeks vacation to get me to 15 weeks at 100% pay.<br /><br />The benefit is the same for both males and females.  If both parents work here, they can both take off the same amount of time.  <br /><br />Good luck!!

Post # 18
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Helper bee

PumpkinSpiceChai:  I work at a law firm in the US (midwest) and we are given 12 months leave for child-birth or adoption. 8 weeks are paid at a full 100% of salary; 6 weeks of disability at 100% and we can also take our 4 weeks of paid vacation for the year. (most people only take 2).

Post # 19
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I am in the US, I work for a non profit/university.  We only get 6-8 weeks of short term disability (work pays for) which is about 60% of your pay I think.  We have to use vacation or sick leave for any other time we want off.

Post # 20
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

US gov’t – i don’t get any paid maternity leave.  i do earn vacation and sick days.  i will use my sick days that i have acrewed for maternity leave.

Post # 21
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

PumpkinSpiceChai:  No paid maternity leave here (I’m in the US).  You can take up to 12 weeks unpaid under FMLA.  My current employer dictates that you must use up any accrued sick and vacation time before going unpaid…. which can vary widely, so some people have a full 12 weeks paid if they’ve been with the company for a long time and have lots of time banked, or some people have next to nothing paid.

My previous employer had a short term disability policy which it enrolled its employees into, but you were only eligible after a qualifying event (ie giving birth) and only for 6 or 8 weeks (depending on vaginal or c-section).  Adoption would not qualify you for STD under that policy.  Outside of that, it was the same as my current employer (12 weeks leave, no pay except sick/vacation time you’ve accrued).

My SIL works for the federal government, and unfortunately, unpaid maternity leave is pretty standard in the US.

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Post # 22
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

peanuthead:  Wow, you have amazing maternity benefits!!!

Post # 23
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Unfortunately, what my company provides (along with many others) as “maternity leave” is really short term disability to physically recover from giving birth. It’s generally based on the type of delivery: vaginal is 6 weeks and c-section is 8 weeks. After that, we’re allowed to use PTO that we have saved or take time unpaid up to the FMLA 12 weeks. In cases of adoption there is nothing to physically recover from, so you can’t use short term disability, but FMLA does apply, but doesn’t provide payment. Fortunately, I work for a pediatric hospital and, I believe, that they do have a policy for paid leave for adoptive parents, but I’m not sure what it is.

Post # 24
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I work in a major hospital system and I get the same 6 wks if vaginal, 8 wks if C-section on partial diability which I think is 55% of my salary. I can probably take as much time as i want unpaid after that but I’m going to stick with 3 mo total. After an annoying conversation with benefits this week, they make you use all your vacation time after the disability part runs out which I think is ridiculous. They won’t allow me to take it unpaid.  So, poof, my 2 years of saving vacation time will just vanish and coming back from maternity leave with 0 hours seems crazy to me. I know it doesn’t really matter b/c I can take unpaid days but having no vacation time makes me nervous. 

Post # 25
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

If they don’t have a policy on the books, I’m willing to bet they won’t be terribly receptive to your request for paid leave since it’s not required by law.  Hopefully you’re VERY invaluable to the company.

I work for a small (~20 employees) business in the US.  Unfortunately FMLA doesn’t apply to companies under 50 people and my employers have no maternity policy on the books.  Add to that the fact that my job requires me be out of town Monday afternoon through Friday afternoon most weeks from April to August… and I am basically counting on having to quit my job in late pregnancy.  It’s in a very competitive field so it’s a bummer for sure. 

UGH fuck the U.S. and our stupid maternity policies.

Post # 26
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

I’m not TTC yet but I’m in australia. I get 18 weeks at full pay from my employer + 13 weeks at minimum wage from the Govermment. 

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012 - Chateau Briand

peanuthead:  wow that’s awesome! what field do you work in if you dont mind the question??

I technically work for an insurance company; under FMLA our jobs are protected for up to 12 weeks but we only get paid out whatever sick and vacation time we have accrued. 

Post # 28
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

Federal government employee…I get 12 weeks UNpaid and any sick or annual (vacation) leave I have accrued. The tricky part is how long my organization will hold my job for me and what happens to my health insurance if I decide to take leave without pay. Needless to say, I’m not looking forward to having to sort all that out.

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

mixtaperomance:  I work for Bank of America.  Every employee whether a teller or an executive is entitled to the same benefit.  They are regularly recognized by “Working Mother” as a great place for moms.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I agree with lolot: . Depending on the size of your company, if you have 49 or fewer employees FMLA won’t benefit you. My company is a family run publishing business with 11 employees. The boss is fairly generous in offering 6 weeks paid leave as the norm. The last woman who had a baby took 12 weeks paid but worked from home the entire time. Her job is a little different from mine, so when I requested the same 12 weeks paid, work from home scenario he said he’d think about it. I think he’ll go for it, but he may not.

Good luck!!

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