(Closed) Working moms-to-be…how much paid maternity leave do you get?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
  • poll: How much PTO do/did you get for maternity leave?
    0 weeks : (56 votes)
    33 %
    1-2 weeks at 100% : (10 votes)
    6 %
    3-4 weeks at 100% : (4 votes)
    2 %
    5-6 weeks at 100% : (15 votes)
    9 %
    6+ weeks at 100% : (27 votes)
    16 %
    1-2 weeks at 50% : (1 votes)
    1 %
    3-4 weeks at 50% : (1 votes)
    1 %
    5-6 weeks at 50% : (12 votes)
    7 %
    Other : (46 votes)
    27 %
  • Post # 62
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    2440 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012

    Because I have 6 weeks of sick leave saved up, I’ll get 6 weeks at 100% pay then I can take an additional 6 weeks without pay for FMLA.   If I didn’t have the sick leave accrued, I would get 6-8 weeks at 75% pay minus sub pay (-$100 a day) which equals to about 50% pay for 6-8 weeks and then 6 weeks without pay.  In CA, people who pay into state disability can take 4 weeks before baby and then 12-14 weeks after baby at 55% pay. I believe dads qualify for 6 weeks at 55% pay. But since I’m a state employee and we don’t pay into disability, I don’t qualify for that.

    Post # 63
    Member
    1810 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    If I get put on bedrest before the kids are born then 12 weeks at 70%, but I get 8 weeks of 100% maternity leave.

    Post # 64
    Member
    307 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I’ve been employed with my company for close to 2 years but I just switched from part time to full time in August. Open enrollment for our insurance wasn’t until this month so my pregnancy is considered a pre-exisiting condition, meaning I can’t apply for short term disability. So I get 0 weeks maternity pay. However, I get 12 week job security through FMLA and I can use my vacation towards my leave. I only get 2 weeks vacation so I’m only going to be able to take 6 weeks. Baby was unexpected so even 6 weeks is pushing it but that’s the normal required leave through most doctors.

    Post # 65
    Member
    604 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2014 - Narrawallee reserve/beach & Mollymook golf club

    9 weeks through work, plus 18 through the government Paid Parental Leave at minimum wage – which is what I was earning anyway.

    Post # 66
    Member
    3028 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    7 weeks at 60% if vaginal and 8 weeks at 60% if C-section.  State employees here get 7 weeks at 100% .  Husband gets nothing and will return to work after a “few days” unpaid.  I am quitting my FT job and working for myself in a month so I will have 0 maternity leave and continue working right after the birth- it’s from home conference calls so it’s not that bad in order to keep income rolling in while Mother-In-Law watches the newborn for a 90 minutes at a time.

    Post # 67
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    1663 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    My agency provides short term disability at 60% of your pay, for 6 weeks for a vaginal delivery and 8 weeks for c-section.  Then people use accrued sick and vacation time for the rest of the 12 weeks covered by FMLA, and/or to top off the 60%.  I have been here for 2 years now and have 4.5 weeks of accrued sick time, so I should have a good amount to use by the time we have a kiddo.

     

    IT’s so depressing to look at these policies in the US compared to other countries.  Undecided

    Post # 68
    Member
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I’m a state employee in Maryland.  We have no paid maternity or paternity benefits, but I am able to use a combination of my annual and sick leave (which is generous, and which I have been banking for the past 7 years), so I will be taking 12 weeks of leave from that.  

    Post # 69
    Member
    2814 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I ended up being placed off work so:

    I recieved 13 weeks sick leave pay (about 50% of my wage)

    Then started mat-leave/parental leave for 50 weeks at about 50% my wage.

    Gotta love Canada!

    Post # 70
    Member
    1542 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    Maternity leave is short term disability for us so we get 6 weeks at 60% of my salary. Then i’ll use about 2 weeks vaca so i’ll have off for 2 months…. I won’t be using fmla. I have a higher income then Darling Husband so losing my income for 3 months is just plain out of the question.

    Post # 71
    Hostess
    3571 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I’m in sort of an exceptional circcumstance since we’re launching our own business right now. We expect that we’ll have a baby around this time next year, and really there is not allotment for maternity leave. We’re hoping to be able to swing about 2-3 weeks totally off at 100% and then work my back into billing 100% over the next several weeks. The good news is that it will most be at home when the baby is sleeping. And even though Darling Husband will be starting a Phd programme, he’s just going to have to step in and help manage some of the business stuff for me as well. (It’s not crazy since it’s also his company too. He’s the VP). 

    Totally stressful, but it’s just life right now.

    Post # 72
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    9811 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We can use any sick or vacation leave. I won’t have 12 weeks worth since I transferred and we had a misunderstanding and they did not transfer my vacation time, just my sick leave.  We have short term disability that is 12 weeks and 60% pay I think.

    I unfortunately transferred before I found out I was pregnant.  I was with the state and I think they allow you to transfer sick leave to other employees and have a sick leave pool for people who are out of their own.  My dad has lots and lots of sick leave he could have transferred to me and I could have been paid 100% for 12 weeks. 

    Ahh well there are reasons I transferred so it’s not all bad.

    A friend of mine said she’s only getting 2 weeks and then 2 weeks of work from home.  That seems INSANE to me.

    Post # 73
    Member
    1048 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    We get 6 weeks for vaginal and 8 weeks for c section at 2/3rds pay – BUT 2 of those weeks are a waiting period and I have to use a combo of my sick and vacation time which will obviously be 100% pay.  So I really will only get 4-6 weeks at 2/3rds.  The remaining 6 weeks I will take unpaid through FMLA.  I will hopefully return to work shortly and then quit to stay home just to secure my STD and benefits throughout the time I was out.  I don’t want to have to repay that.  However I’m planning on talking to HR about this to know the specifics.  

    Post # 74
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    1868 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I am taking the 12 weeks FMLA which is federally granted job protection (watch the loop holes! lol). Of that 12 weeks I will get paid for 2 weeks at 100% because I will use PTO I get from my work then I will get paid 60% for 6-8 weeks depending on vaginal or c section delivery. That will mean 2-4 weeks unpaid. It isnt the best but it isnt the worst…

    Post # 75
    Member
    1990 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @Ninteenthchance:  My company is a very small software reseller – I am one of SEVEN – So I guess I will need to switch to a bigger company and work there for a year before I am eligible for this FMLA? I’ve only been here 3 months so I’m just now eligible for all the health insurance & etc options so I’ll be looking into it more in the next few months.

    We’d like to have a baby in the next 3 years and have a few other things on our to do list as well so its not too much of a concern… I just like to know my options from the government as well!

    Post # 76
    Member
    881 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I get 6 weeks off at 100% pay if I have a vaginal birth, 8 weeks if I have to have a c-section.  We are also able to use FMLA an additional 4-6 additional weeks if we want, but that is unpaid.  I decided to bank my vacation/sick days instead, we can have a max of 5 weeks worth in our bank so i plan to use those so i will still get paid at 100%.  Total I will get 11-13 weeks off at 100% pay but I will use 5 weeks of sick/vacation time to do it. 

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