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How long was your maternity leave and was it paid?”

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  • My was 12 weeks with 11 of them paid by disability, vacation and sick time. It was a wonderful bonding time with my son.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by SE Mershon on 5th January 2010

  • Maternity leave... or not LOL
    When I asked about maternity leave I was handed papers to fill out and got the scoop of everything I was entitled to. About a day after I filled them out I was told since I was on a contract type job to nix what I was been told. I had to use my vacation and sick leave in order to stay home and get paid for it. So I did. I got 4 weeks off that were paid for... or I thought anyways... After returnign to my JOB. I decided that I didnt want to be there. I wanted to stay home with my baby. So I asked my boss what my alternitives were. She said give your two weeks and your good to go. So when I quit I got a letter in the mail saying that since I terminated myself I have to pay back my vacation and sick leave that I used for maternity leave. I couldnt believe it. I was sick to my stomache. What a joke.
    5 grand, 5 grand I will say it again... 5 grand I had to apy them for quitting..... Tell me corporate america is so great and I will be happy to disagree. So I told myself I would never ever go back. After researching and tring new homebased busniess's I finally found the greatest one for me.... Now my next maternity leave will be covered!!!!!

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by kristi Hatton on 5th November 2009

  • i just started a new job , theyve never mentiond the option of disability pay?
    how shoulsd i ask ?
    im due in december around christmas (on the 22nd) so i figure i could add in my 10 allowed vacation days if i dont have to use them before 22ndplus my unpaid fmla( i was told 6-8 weeks max) and that should give me 9 weeks and 3 days. i hope they will allow me to add in my vacation days, this is my first time to work for a real company , so i dunno how all this works , but getting an idea. any feed back?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by aurara on 23rd July 2008

  • i just started a new job , theyve never mentiond the option of disability pay?
    how shoulsd i ask ?
    im due in december around christmas (on the 22nd) so i figure i could add in my 10 allowed vacation days if i dont have to use them before 22ndplus my unpaid fmla( i was told 6-8 weeks max) and that should give me 9 weeks and 3 days. i hope they will allow me to add in my vacation days, this is my first time to work for a real company , so i dunno how all this works , but getting an idea. any feed back?

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by aurara on 23rd July 2008

  • With my first 2 pregnancies, I was able to take off 12 weeks through FMLA. I had enough sick/vacation time in my bank to take the first 2 months off paid and then the last one was unpaid both times. With my 3rd pregnancy (different job), I had 5 weeks of disability pay (60% of my regular pay) and they gave me an extra 7 weeks of unpaid leave - but I was responsible for paying my own health insurance premiums while off (over $700/month for a family). It was quite a struggle and I ended up not going back to that job after my leave was over.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Deb - Mom of 3 Girls on 26th January 2008

  • My company didn't pay me anything, but allowed me to take the full 8 weeks allotted to a c-section, plus 6 weeks of Family Medical Leave. With my first baby I followed that to the letter, this time around I decided to take advantage of the fact that they are pretty relaxed and really wanted me to come back; I took the 8 weeks of leave and 6 weeks of paid sick leave that I had accumulated, plus two of the FML weeks. It was nice to stretch out my time with the baby a little.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by kikarose on 25th January 2008

  • WOW! I didn't realize how lucky I had it until I went to work for another company. 5 years ago when my son was born I got 8 weeks maternity leave all paid at 100%. No one has maternity leave anymore. It's all disability and half pay and you have to take your vacation days. It's like they are trying to gyp you out of what should be rightfully yours. Paid time off to recover and be w/ your new child.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by shanspring on 24th January 2008

  • wow, most of you are so lucky. I am faculty at a state university so I got up to 12 weeks unpaid leave. I planned to take 8 weeks. Two weeks before I left my boss told me I was expected to continue answering email and taking questions over the phone while on leave, so I said I'd have to be paid for that. Since I'm salaried I tried to get my full salary for being essentially 'on call' during my leave but was unsuccessful. I got paid for whatever hours I claimed I was working while on leave. So it ended up being about half time leave for half time pay. I felt really gypped and hope that anyone else in my department who ends up pregnant starts strategizing with me from the start so she doesn't end up like I did.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Samantha on 24th January 2008

  • I had planned on taking 12 weeks, all paid, because I had worked out a good deal with my company ... which at the time I was fortunate as I was also going through a divorce and my ex had tied up all my money. Yet, I still feel guilty taking it because the company didn't want me to mention it as they really didn't want to provide that to all their female employees. Ironically, I'm not a baby person, so when there was a big emergency about 6 weeks into leave, I started back a few hours each day, working my way back to full time by the 12 weeks. Do I regret going back early? Not at all. I echo Mandy's bit about the "normalcy" of work. I was completely out of my element as a new, single mom. At least at work I knew why my colleagues were crying and whiney (and at least I didn't have to change their diapers)! I was also able to build up the good will, and the financial resources to work for myself now that he's older and can really benefit from my having a flexible schedule.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Diane K. Danielson on 24th January 2008

  • Actually, I'm on maternity leave now. I can take up to 12 weeks, but only 8 of them are paid through disability (70% - and that's only if you've paid for supplemental disability). I'm using vacation at 1/2 time to pay for the remaining month, because I'll start back to work on a part-time basis towards the end of February.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by lolagoetz on 24th January 2008

  • 12 weeks for me - 2 paid for by the company, the next 4 were short term disability paid at 60%, and the last 6 were unpaid. But we can carry sick time from year to year, and we have generous vacation/personal time, so I was able to use that to be paid during the last 6 weeks. What I did and will do again (someday), is take some days unpaid so i didn't run out of time and could use them when the baby gots sick after I went back to work.

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by sdbab on 23rd January 2008

  • all of 8 weeks, and i got 6 weeks (but really only 5) of short term disability. i could have used up my vacation time but wanted to save it for doctor appointments etc. was NOT thrilled with this...

    Flag as inappropriate Posted by Kate on 23rd January 2008

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