- 2 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
My job didn’t offer paid leave – I was a teacher and I don’t think anyone in education really offers that. I just resigned at the end of the year, right before I had my baby.
Not everyone can swing that, though. One quarter of American women are back to work less than two weeks after giving birth, presumably because they can’t afford to take unpaid time off. Totally unacceptable.
Soapboxing for a minute: we all need to start demanding that politicians who run on “family values” platforms actually advocate for imperative family issues like this one, instead of trying to fight gay marriage and other stupid things they see as threats to their “values.”
I work for the NC state government. We get the federally mandated minimum 12 weeks unpaid if we meet the FMLA guidelines. I’m able to get paid using a combo of sick leave (8 weeks for c-section) and vacation leave (4 weeks). I’ll go back to work with a bank of 40 hours of sick leave and around 60 hours of vacation leave left after squirreling it away for 7.5 years.
My husband gets six weeks completely paid without using sick or vacation leave. He works for a tech company though.
My employer has a short term disability in place for all employees. The policy covers 6 weeks of full pay for a vaginal delivery or 8 weeks for c-section. This can be overlapped with 12 weeks of FMLA. I would not leave my job due to it’s maternity leave policies because what they have in place is pretty above average already.