Maternity Leave - when are you starting?

I know this has been brought up a lot over the years in other threads, but its coming close to that time where I have to start preparing for my leave (thank god!).


So, I am not planning on returning to work after I exhaust my maternity leave pay, however, I want to keep the option open to come back if needed (job protection). My company does not offer its own "maternity pay", but I live in CA so, we get 4+ weeks off prior to having the baby (out at 36wks), short term disability for 6 weeks after birth, plus paid family leave 'bonding' disability for another 6 weeks - all partial pay from the state of CA. At my work, they said that I can have a total of 4 months plus 12 weeks (which I assume is the FMLA) off with job protection. Everything is so very confusing since some of these coverages overlaps with one another.  I saw this website that seemed VERY helpful for those of us that live in CA - http://newmommydiary.com/2011/maternity-leave-in-california/ 



  • What are you plans?

  • When are you starting your maternity leave (before baby comes, up until your water breaks, etc.).

  • Are you returning to work?

  • What do you do for work?


I have less than 10 weeks to go before I start!!! I am counting the seconds.


 

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 7:13 am
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futuremrsgamboa
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Today is actually my last day of work! So relieved. I was originally planning on working until my due date or when my labor starts, but about 3 weeks ago, I decided I'd start my maternity leave 2 weeks before my dd, and I'm so glad I did haha I'm exhausted! I also live in CA and I'm planning on taking disability from now until 6 weeks after he's born and then take the 6 weeks of paid family leave. If we can swing it financially, we might have my husband take his paid family leave when mine runs out so that we don't have to worry about childcare till he's about 4 months old. Unfortunately, the plan is for me to return to work, but I'd like to look into finding a job that I can do from home or something part time that pays enough. Right now, I'm an office administrator who also does bookkeeping for businesses so I have an accounting background. I know the whole maternity leave subject is pretty confusing, but that article you shared really is informative :)

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 8:32 am
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I worked until 2 weeks before my due date...and didn't go back!
Posted on June 14, 2013 at 11:01 am
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Woo hoo! @futuremrs!!! So happy for you. CA is pretty generous with its maternity disability (not Canada generous though).


I didnt even know about the 4 week disability (prior to having the baby) option until my midwife told me the other day that she can write me out at 36wks. She said its a 'use it or loose it' thing. So, I am thinking, WHY NOT!? I guess the only down side of it is that it is 55% of your pay. But from what I have heard the take home is actually pretty similar since disability isnt taxed...


The only thing that I am confused about is the 12 weeks of FMLA. Do you know if it overlaps with the 6 weeks of PFL?  


btw - @jackie, LOVING the new profile pic of you & Giuliana!

Posted on June 14, 2013 at 12:45 pm
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Okay...I'm a bit shy to tell our plan since here in Qc city, we have such great maternity leave conditions.


Since I have a fellowship for doing my Ph.D., I can't have the usual maternity leave (50 weeks) paid by the gouvernment. But, my fellowship will be prolonged to cover a maternity leave of 6 months. After that I'll work from home (easy when you're doing research) until baby is 1-year-old. I'll be stopping any research activities on August 1rst, so at 34weeks.


Where it is even better is that, because I can't have the usual maternity leave, I can give a big part of it to DH. YEAH!! So he'll have a 28 weeks (6 months) paternity leave paid at 75% of is  pay. He'll be home with baby and me until mid-april which is just incredible. It's not an usual situation (normally mommies want to keep most of the leave for themselves), but regarding our conditions, it works perfectly. Seriously, it's kind of once in a lifetime opportunity, so we're very glad to have it for our first baby :).

Posted on June 15, 2013 at 12:52 am
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Well I am still not 100% sure about how much maternity leave I will be getting (my company is small so we don't qualify for FMLA) but I will also have school to worry about.


My last day of school before my due date is November 26. Then I have to take finals the week after that but I will try to work something out with my professors to have them done early if possible. So basically my maternity leave will begin as soon as finals are over. Then I will go back to school on January 9 (two days a week). I don't plan on going back to work until February. So I will get hopefully 6 weeks off both school and work, and then another 6 weeks off of just work. I may be able to take off more if I can manage my finances well in that time and have accumulated enough time off :).

Posted on June 16, 2013 at 7:12 am
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I haven't submitted my dates yet, but I'm planning on starting my leave Aug 1st. Giving me 2 weeks before baby girl is due. Then I plan to take the 12 weeks leave and I might tack on some PTO at the end.


You're right, the maternity leave is VERY confusing and I had to have a co-worker help me with it. If I understand things correctly; the 12 weeks of FMLA is only job security that runs concurrently with the 6 weeks after birth is the disability then 6 weeks of PFL is for bonding with baby.

Posted on June 18, 2013 at 6:06 am
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I haven't even told my work that I'm pregnant yet, since too many people know my family and since we hadn't told our families before school let out (just told them last weekend), I decided to wait. I need to call the principal (I'm a teacher's aide) and let them know soon. I'm in Canada, so we get a year, although I won't be going back to work afterwards. I'm planning to quit by Christmas break, although I may change that to the first of December, depending how I'm feeling.

Posted on July 2, 2013 at 6:10 am

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