What do you think is fair?

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What do you think is fair?
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Wed, 12-03-2008 - 12:45pm

I know I am so full of questions, they just keep popping in my head so I am going to ask :) I hope you ladies don't mind throwing your two cents in!


First off what kind of maternity leave do you get at your current position? Is it 6 weeks? Longer or shorter? Is any of it paid? Are they required to give you the exact same job back or just a similar job?


On the flip side, what do you think is fair? What do you think women should get as maternity leave and other benefits from their employer? Why do you think this?


And then question number three, what sort of maternity leave do you believe that a father should get? Does/will your DH get anything?


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Registered: 09-12-2008
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 4:02pm

Good questions - keep 'em coming!


I get no paid maternity leave through my employer, however, I have ST disability insurance and they have said that we can use that as maternity leave (22 weeks). I'm also planning to stock up my sick days and vaca time so I can have as much time off as possible.

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Registered: 01-29-2008
Thu, 12-04-2008 - 4:16pm

Well, I don't work so I get as much as I want!





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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 6:58pm

I technically have no specific paid paternity leave, but I can save up my sick leave and annual leave and should have at least 2 mos saved by the time a baby could be born.


I think that there should be a minimum of 2-3 mos paid paternity leave in the US.

Emily

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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 7:17pm

I plan on quitting my job to be a SAHM when we have a baby, and techinically I cam only part-time at my school, so I don't know if I would get any anyway. DH CAN take up to 3 months off, but vacation and sick time are used first, and when it runs out, he is not paid for the rest.

IDEALLY, I think that both men and women should get AT LEAST a paid month off, and that one parent should get up to a paid or half-salary year off, unless they want to go back sooner. I think we are far away from that, though, so I will start by saying that men should get a month paid leave, and women should get three months paid leave.










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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 8:04pm

I am getting FMLA leave which I think is 6 weeks combined with short term disability.

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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 9:13pm

You want to hear about unfair....

When I had DS almost 5 years ago our policy was 6 weeks at 60% pay. So I had the 6 weeks and took 1 week of vacation. I was back no more than a week and they changed the policy to 3 MONTHS at 60% pay. I was FUMING!!!! OK, I still am.

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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 9:40pm

I think 3 months is fair for mothers and 1-2 months for fathers.

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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 9:40pm

Originally I was told you could take up to 90 days of maternity leave but that you only got the first 6 weeks of it paid at 100%. However, today I got told that due to some changes in things that I can have all 90 days with pay. Which I thought was pretty cool, considering the other options. My employer also makes arrangements with you if you are having m/s issues and need to work hours around that as well as they have policies around breastfeeding. However, if I take up to the 90 days if for some reason I choose to take longer then that unpaid on day 91 my job can go up and they are not required to give you

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Thu, 12-04-2008 - 10:01pm
I get a month paid leave and I have saved up vacation and sick time. I have FMLA which is 12 weeks off and purchased extra short-term disability insurance to supplement my income while on FMLA. It looks I can get at least 6 months off for my maternity leave if I keep on conserving my sick and vacation time. I think women should get a year paid leave other countries give it to their women why can't the USA get on board with that? My DH will get no paternity leave but he plans to take that first week off of work to spend with us.



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Fri, 12-05-2008 - 12:22pm

I will take 9 months maternity leave, all of which is paid.


In the UK you are entitled to 12 months leave in total, and when you come back you'll get the exact same job (if you take up to 6 months) or a similar job at the same level (if you take up to 12 months).


The first 6 weeks are being paid at 90%, after that it's a set rate of £117.50 per week for the next 33 weeks (that's the minumum, some companies offer more). Companies can claim the minimum maternity pay back from the government.


As you're never content with what you have, of course I'd like it to be better! I know that in some scandinavian countries you get a whole year at like 90% of your wages.


What I'd think fair though is to get 6 months off, minimum, and get paid for this time (at whatever rate). As it's recommended to BF only for 6 months this would make sense to me. You'd get a lot of time to bond with your baby and breastfeed a reasonable long time.

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