Post # 1
US bee here. I just found out my company’s maternity leave policy, and it’s actually way better than what I thought it was! In the policy handbook I only ever saw the FMLA’s 12 weeks unpaid (who can afford to do that?!) but Darling Husband encouraged me to email HR to clarify, and it turns out we get:
5 weeks 100% paid
5 weeks 2/3 paid
I’m surprised. I’ve been thinking of going job hunting because my job isn’t very flexible, and pretty much anywhere else I’d go I could work from home at least a day or two a week. But finding out their maternity leave policy almost makes me consider staying ’til we have our LO in a year or two.
What does your employer offer? Do you think it’s enough?
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
this thread is making me sad. i need to stop clicking on it.
Post # 11
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
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
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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
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
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.