Will you get paid maternity leave?

posted 5 months ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

My company offers 12 weeks off per FMLA; to use short term disability you need to use 1 week worth of PTO, then the S.T disability kicks in (6 weeks for vaginal or 8 for caesarean). Standard is 60% but we have the option during open enrollment to “buy up” – pay an extra % in each paycheck, but your short term payout is bumped to 75%. 

I unfortunately was out for 9 weeks prior to giving birth – luckily I got to utilize my short term disability for that time, then my 6 weeks after. My manager is a jerk and wouldn’t allow me to take the full 12 weeks post partum since I had used so many weeks prior to delivery. I ended up going back to work at 8 weeks post partum. 

 

My husband on the other hand got 6 weeks fully paid, which he can take intermittently for up to 12 months after the birth. So he was able to do 2 full weeks right after, then just take a day or two here and there. I’m thankful he has such awesome benefits for paternity leave but gotta say I’m jealous that it’s better than  mine 

Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

I work part time so I won’t get any paid leave. Even if I was full-time, I’d only get 2 weeks paid leave which is sad and ridiculous. 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper

I’m in California and had 7+ months of leave at full pay and could take up to 4 weeks before my due date off at full pay (LO came early, so I only ended up using about a week and a half of that). I could also take as much unpaid leave as I wanted, but I was more than ready to go back… Dh could take up to a year at full pay, but took 6 months. Fortunately, California is a more parental leave-friendly state and both our employers have generous policies.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got 3 weeks paid parental leave, then the standard STD 6 or 8 weeks at 75% pay (or 100% if you pay up to that option, only like 100 bucks so I definitely did that).  FMLA (unpaid, but have benefits, job guaranteed by law) of 12 weeks applies, but my company also allows for 1 year personal leave (unpaid, no benefits, job not guaranteed, but boss said no worries, come back whenever), which I’m taking.  At one year, you can apply for another year too (I won’t be, but I’ll be returning part time).

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2015

mel2 :  I had paid leave, but really it was just all my sick leave, not a separate thing. I only have enough left for a month or so now, and baby 2 will arrive around Halloween if all goes well. I’d been trying to schedule baby for summer break to get more time but it is what it is. 

Did you know disability in the US covers pregnancy though? I learned that and got a little stipend by adding that to my coverage. I found it silly as I never felt disabled but took advantage anyway. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

mel2 :  So happy to hear you will be TTC! Thoughts and prayers for you and your (almost!) hubby!

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

I applaud how scrappy Americans are to make having children and career work with limited maternity leave options. I can’t imagine how tough it must be but y’all seem to be making it work. This is how it works in Canada…

When you take maternity leave your employment insurance kicks in for either 12 months at 55% of your income (capped at $562 per week) or 18 months at 33% (capped at $377 per week). Your job will be waiting for you when you return.

Hubby and I have decided that 12 months is going to be our best option financially, for my career and for planning baby #2. My company is generous and offers 6 weeks of top-up pay so I will receive full pay for the first 6 weeks of leave. Hubby and I are in the process of saving $7,200 for maternity leave so that we can have an extra $600 available per month for expenses.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My company is weird, and i work for a MASSIVE company. They say they offer FMLA which is 12 weeks, but it has to pre approved….? they also offer 8 weeks paid leave, and how ever much you want to take unpaid. 

when i submitted my paper work i went for the 12 paid, but they only approved the 8. I also tried to request 6 weeks unpaid but only got approved for 4. I didnt question it, simply because i had very limited time to submit it before the deadline. which is my own fault cause i should have looked into it a little more, but yeah. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I get 14 weeks total, 2 weeks before my due date and 12 weeks after. I get the 2 weeks before and 6 weeks after as STD which is 66% pay, I also have 6 weeks worth of sick time I’ll use to get me to 12 weeks postpartum. 

My Darling Husband gets 6 weeks of fully paid paternity leave. I think our plan as of right now is to have him take 2 weeks of PTO after birth and then use his paternity leave once I go back. That will keep LO out of daycare until 4.5 months.

My company is international, it’s a little frustrating seeing employees in other offices utilizing more paid leave when they technically have only 6 weeks of STD plus the 2 weeks before for US mothers. At least they let us bank up to 6 weeks of sick time (we get one week a year). 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I am in CA. 4 weeks of STD at 60% before birth, 16 weeks of full pay after with an additional 10 weeks of unpaid. Hubby gets 8 weeks of fully paid parental leave. Which is a big leap up from last year of 2 weeks unpaid. We actually saved up a bunch of money so he could take time off since we have no family here. The 8 weeks is a godsend. However it could affect his billable hours so we are going to have to spread out the time.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper

SoundOnTape :  Are you sure your husband’s firm wouldn’t prorate billable requirements? My firm doesn’t have any requirements, but my friends at ones that do have said that they prorate for approved leaves of absence.

Post # 14
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Busy bee

I live in the Midwest — and my company is family friendly so I get 12-weeks at 100 percent pay. Hubs works at the same company and gets 4-weeks of paternity leave without busting into PTO/vacation. They just started this policy recently and so we feel very lucky even though it’s laughable by any other developed country’s standards.

Up until a year ago the same company only allowed Short Term Disability for new moms (and the percentage of pay you got was dependent on tenure) — and no time off paternity.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

TheGridMonster :  He is a research engineer so he has build in time off when they plan for the year, I don’t think they prorate. Currently he is operating at above 100% so it will be interesting to see how it balances. Right now we are looking at three weeks of leave after baby is born in May. Three weeks of vacation through out the rest of 2019. Then four weeks at the start of 2020. One of his co-workers took the full eight at the beginning of the year at it will affect his hours/bonus in April. So we are trying to avoid that.

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