(Closed) What is the maternity leave policy at your job?

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

We don’t get a single day of paid maternity leave. 🙁

I am saving up my sick/vacation time and hope to have a month’s worth by the time this one comes.  It’s hard when you only get three weeks a year though.

I also started paying into short term disability when I signed up for benefits, too, so I get 6 weeks at half pay.


Post # 3
14965 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

They just changed it this year.  Used to be 0 weeks paid, now it’s 3 weeks 100% paid.  Being able to use 6 weeks of STD is unchanged so with that we get 9 weeks 100% pay (if you pay for the high STD option which is only about $100/year so well worth it, otherwise it’s only 75%).  And there’s standard 12 weeks FMLA, but our company allows for a 1 year leave for any personal reason at all.

We also get 3 weeks 100% pay paternal leave.

Post # 4
8099 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

happyhappywife :  we have 8 weeks fully paid as long as you’ve been an employee for 2 years. Otherwise it’s just short term disability  (which we pay for ourselves) and fmla and accrued pto.

Post # 5
2166 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I get 8 weeks 100% paid, FMLA runs concurrently so you can take an additional 4 weeks unpaid.

however, I’m in California so I get 6 weeks post recovery (which is my 8 weeks I’m already getting) of paid family leave, state pays 55% and my employer is going to pick up the rest so in total I have access to 18 weeks of maternity leave and I can use any vacation and sick time to extend it. I’m actually currently on my leave and won’t go back to work until late December/early January. 

Post # 6
653 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

happyhappywife :  That’s a great policy.  We have 0 weeks paid.  I highly doubt they will be changing it as I am the only woman in the company.  We are small only 11 employees.  I do live in NJ and they do have NJFMLA but, I think you only get that if you are in a company of 25 people or more 🙁

Post # 7
5827 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

16 weeks paid. Maternity leave would definitely factor into my job hunt, keep in mind you will probably need to be a full time employee for at least a year to get maternity benefits (no point in a good policy you can’t use)

ETA I’m in week 14 of my leave and going back before 8 weeks would have been awful, 12 weeks would be my min.  (maternity policy in the US is such garbage)

Post # 8
4857 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Top up on standard mat leave up to 80/90% of your regular wage. Not including premiums. One year mat/ pat leave. Husband gets 3 days off as well. 

Post # 9
4998 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Mine is very weird because I work solely on commission. So I can take up to 4 weeks unpaid and then when I come back, I get paid more than my normal rate until I’ve made up the equivalent of my highest billed month over the past year. So probably about a month and a half average salary. If I only took a month or 6 weeks off, it would basically be no money lost, but I plan to probably take 3 months and then come back part time for a little while. It’s not the best policy in terms of pay, but it is very flexible, so I’m ok with it.

Post # 10
5889 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2012

this thread is making me sad.  i need to stop clicking on it.

Post # 11
618 posts
Busy bee

We get “6 weeks paid,” but really that means you have to use your 4 weeks of vacation and 2 weeks of sick leave.  They are “nice enough” to let us dip into the next year’s paid time off if you haven’t saved up that amount.    So right now I am trying to save up vacation and sick time so that when I do get pregnant and have the baby, hopefully I’ll have more than 6 weeks available so that I can use more like 8-10 weeks of FMLA, and have most of it paid.  Our policy states we could use part of FMLA towards working part time, so worst case I’m hoping to do 6 weeks paid and then ease back into work with at least a few weeks of working part time.

Post # 12
4514 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We can use STD (6 weeks; 8 weeks for c-section) at 85% pay (I think), along with FMLA (unpaid). Unfortunately, FMLA runs concurrently with STD, so it only adds another 6 weeks – so total of 12 weeks + any PTO/sick leave, but much of it at reduced pay or no pay.

ETA: It’s odd, actually, because all of our other benefits (insurance, PTO, sick leave, 403b, etc.) are really good. Hopefully the maternity/paternity policies will catch up eventually…

Post # 13
658 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Stonehouse at Stirling Ridge

My company offers 6-8weeks fully paid (depending on the birth vaginal or c-section) and I will be able to also use my vacation which is another 3 weeks paid. It’s also covered by FMLA so I can take up to 12 weeks (6 weeks maternity + 3 weeks vacation=9weeks full pay) so I’d be unpaid for about 3 weeks if I do take all 12 weeks (thats about 1 and a half pay checks for me since I get paid bi weekly) I guess Well try to just save up as much as possible before then 🙂 

Post # 14
9504 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I just got STD for 6 weeks at 80% of my pay (I think…might have been 75-85%) for a vaginal birth. After that you had to use PTO or take it unpaid.

I had to split the 12 weeks of FMLA with my Darling Husband since we work at the same place, which I find to be utter bullshit. He took 2 weeks (paid paternity leave) and I took 10.

Post # 15
1051 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

For reference, I teach in a public school. We’re allowed to use our sick time for up to 3 months paid leave. Even if we have more sick time than that, we can’t use it for pay. However, we’re allowed up to 1 year, but obviously only 3 months of that would be paid.

Fortunately for me, I’m due in May, so I’ll have 3 months paid + 2 months during the summer. I think Darling Husband gets 2 or 3 weeks as well paid.

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