(Closed) What shared parental leave looks like

posted 5 years ago in Parenting
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: Hawksnest Cove Beach St John USVI

We don’t have kids yet, but DHs job offers 2 weeks paternity leave which I think is great!  

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

My work offers 1 week paid paternity leave. We also work at the same place so we have to split the 12 weeks of FMLA, which sucks. If we were not married we could BOTH take 12 weeks…

That being said, most of the countries with these very generous maternity/paternity leave policies also have much higher taxes/government involvement than the US. You can’t please everyone.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Paradise Gardens

Westwood:  Ouch what kind of policy is that! I would question that policy becuase you two shouldn’t be penalized ust becuase you work at the same company…that seems a little odd to me.

brlabrat: My husband and I work for 2 different companies his allows 2 weeks of paternal laeve. Mine offers 6 weeks w/ 90% of your regular pay rate, it use to be 4 weeks last year though.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My Fiance was once offered 2 jobs that included 1 year paternity leave. 1 year. 1 friggin year.

(darn it! why didn’t we take it??!)

  • This reply was modified 4 years, 6 months ago by  geneva2.
Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

BreezyBride24:  that’s standard FMLA regulations.

brlabrat: yeah I’m planning on taking 10 weeks and he’s taking two. Not ideal but what can you do. I’m happy that between short term disability, paternity leave and our PTO we won’t be missing much for pay at least.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

Darling Husband and I get to take 6 months off each at our company in AUS but our tax rate is like 49c in the dollar after earning a certain amount so if I didn’t get at least 6 months off paid I’d be PISSED.

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

My Darling Husband had 2 weeks paid payernity leave. I had zero paid maternity leave.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee

brlabrat:  The US has the most archaic leave policies. Its not actually required by federal law to give any paid leave, which I think is crazy. The culture as well is hugely biased against working parents. I get 6 weeks paid leave, then can take another 6 weeks unpaid, plus any PTO I choose to add on. My Darling Husband gets 12 weeks paid (!!!) by his law firm but I know they would really frown upon him taking that. Most male attorneys take 1 week, which is unfortunate. 

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

In Canada and with the jobs that we have, we get 1 year fullly paid parental leave. We’re free to share it however we see fit. For example, I can take 8 months and he takes 4, as long as the total is 12 mo. We can also take leave without pay for parental leave, but not everyone can afford that.

I can’t even begin to imagine having to go back to work 12 weeks after giving birth?? That sounds so awful and cruel to me! I’m thankful for our good benefits.

Edit: My american friend joked with me once that they have to give us some reason why to stay in such a cold climate…hence the good benifits : )

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

brlabrat:  lol reading other people’s responses, I might have to agree. Right now he has 4 weeks (I think) which is still good but obviously not as amazingly amazing as the other jobs.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

brlabrat:  I am always amazed at how little people in the states get for leave when they have a child. I’m in Canada and yes we have higher taxes but we also have a much better social system imo. Course I’m biased. My husband and I get 12 months of parental leave that we can split. The first 16 weeks though is maternity leave and has to be taken by the mother I think. I know lots of couples who have split the leave. Depending on where you work you can also take an additional year without pay and your job will still be there for you (where I work is like that). The leave is paid through our Employment Insurance system so you don’t get your full pay unless your employer tops you up. My employer doesn’t do that though.

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