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

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 46
969 posts
Busy bee

16 weeks at full pay followed by 23 weeks of the government £139.58 statutory maternity pay. That’s in the UK though – I don’t know how other UK bees compare?

Post # 47
2045 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

LGenz the UK has a very big social welfare system and so maybe that is why having kids isn’t seen as social services issue for choosing to have kids. There’s usually a few people who grumble about a woman getting up to a year off “for not doing anything” and we have the odd inflammatory article about everyone should get a paid year off to relax and do their hair. I do there is discrimination against hiring pregnant women here but I think that’s because it costs so much. As we’re out for a such long time and in most cases there’s a business case for the role you occupy, it means there’s a business case for a temporary position to backfill while you’re out. So you’re paying two wages and when on maternity leave in the UK your employer still needs to make national insurance and pension contributions for you. They will also more than likely have to pay some pension contributions for the person backfilling your position, maybe not for all of it but definitely some of it. I don’t really see how the little you’re getting is a handout!

Post # 48
54 posts
Worker bee

I get 6 weeks at 100% pay under short term disability. Then I get an additional 6 weeks at 100% pay under the parental leave benefit. 

I guess it’s good compared to some other US companies, but still…sooo weak compared to other countries and considering what is really needed. I’m not even pregnant yet and I already absolutely dread the day I have to leave my 3 month old baby to go back to work.

Post # 49
1883 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Fully paid: 2 weeks before due date, + 6 weeks short term disability (8 for c sec) + 6 weeks parental leave after due date. Plus you can take whatever time off you’ve saved up (will be 4 weeks in my case). If you want to take unpaid leave after that, you can, but the time out of office can only total 6 months including everything I’ve listed before.

So between company leave and my saved time off, that gets me paid for 16 weeks, and then I need to decide whether I want to take one more unpaid month to be with my little guy or if it’ll be his daddy’s turn to be with him for another month or so until he goes to daycare. 

Post # 50
20 posts
  • Wedding: July 2016

26 weeks at full pay and a further 26 weeks unpaid.  The idea of putting a tiny baby into daycare is so alien to me.  Very few in my city even accept babies under 6 months.

Post # 51
6272 posts
Bee Keeper

This thread is rubbish isn’t it? I’m in the uk.  It really is shocking that people working full time get such a rough deal when wanting children. 

I feel bad for you US bees that have it particularly tight.  In the uk there are some fabulous companies that pay 6 months full or even more. Alas I don’t work for one of them. 8 wks at 90% then basic government maternity pay which would be about a 1/5 of my monthly salary. 

So basically we have to make sure we have a good 20k behind us to spend if I want to take 6 months or so off. 

Meanwhile people who don’t work have babies and get everything paid including housing and a payment for them. I’m blessed, I wouldn’t want to swap, but it does seem unfair to those who graft.  It seems to have created a situation where working people have just one or two children but families who get government benefits have more children. 

The good thing in the uk is your employer has to keep your job for you for a year. So you can take a whole year and then go back to work (if you can afford the year off). 

Post # 52
1115 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Mississauga Convention Centre

My job 52 weeks off 55℅ of salary paid. Anyvacation and sick days can be added on unpaid.

Post # 53
843 posts
Busy bee

New York state recently passed a law that goes into effect in April 2018. 12 weeks paid parental leave. My company has adopted it early, so I’d get 3 months paid. 

Post # 54
1570 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

3 months 100% paid for being off

3 months part time, but paid at 100%

Post # 55
3399 posts
Sugar bee

I love this thread. My work is tangentially related to FMLA/pregnancy/disability leaves so it is fascinating to see what variuos employers offer. I am not pregnant (yet), but I am saving for the day I may need mat leave, since I’m self-employed and don’t have any income replacement if I choose not to work. I do have ultimately job security, though:)

Post # 56
5 posts
  • Wedding: April 2016

Misswhowedding :  I work in this industry too and I cried happy pregnant tears the other night when our company’s first female US CEO announced the change to 16 weeks fully paid leave for everyone. This couples with short term disability which covers an additional 6 or 8 weeks leave fully paid depending on type of birth. I will throw in a few weeks of PTO if I (cross fingers) don’t have a c-section and take 24 weeks off paid total. 

My husband works for local government and he can combine his 6 weeks of paid leave with sick time and plans to back to back with me (with a little overlap) for an additional 12 weeks. Between us we will be home with our baby for nearly 9 months. He will take a few weeks vacation immediately after the birth then go back to work, returning home under the actual leave maybe a week before I go back. 

Post # 57
1149 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

raliel :  Wow, I didn’t know that.  Good thing we’re not even thinking about kids until Darling Husband graduates from his MBA program in 8/18.  Time to really think about finding a job in NYC again.  

My firm based in NJ gives one month full pay if you worked here for at least a year and then 8 works of maternity pay sponsored by the state, which is not that much, caps out at $550 per week.  In NJ, you can actually get paid more than your salary on maternity leave, because the state pays you some money for 8 weeks, so if your company pays you in full on maternity, you also get some extra money from the state.  DH works for a big financial institution, and they recently changed their policy to 16 weeks of full pay for the primary cargiver and 4 weeks of full pay for the non-primary caregiver parent that can be used in the first year after adopting/having the child.  

Post # 58
3564 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We get to use 6 weeks of STD.  I’m not sure of the pay, but I think it’s about 60% of your pay. Plus “whatever paid time off you’ve accrued, you can use.”  Complete and utter crap.  

Post # 59
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Westwood :  Did you look into the legality of that?? You’re still two separate employees and that just doesn’t sound right…

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