J.N. asks from Corona, CA on May 21, 2010
T.C. answers from Minneapolis on May 21, 2010
I dont know what CA laws are, but in mn i could take up to 12 weeks off, but only 5 of them are paid and only at 55%. Maturnitly leave is concidered short term disablity here so only 3 months can be taken.
J.L. answers from Los Angeles on May 22, 2010
It really depends on how many people work for your company plus additional leave your company may allow. Generally speaking you can take 4 weeks before your due date for disability (unless doc says no more working). There is a 7 day waiting period before any benefits are paid which is 55% of your earnings from a base period before taxes. After birth you get 6 weeks disability for vaginal delivery and 8 weeks for c-section, unless of course your doc does not clear you. After that you can get 6 weeks of paid family leave through the state of california. Through combination of FMLA and CFRA (federal and state programs) there is a total of 17 weeks. You can quit your job when on leave for MEDICAL reasons resulting from the birth of a child and still collect unemployment but it has to be stated correctly in your resignation and subsequent unemployment paperwork. By law your Human resources department should be providing you with this information in addition to any other company policies. (for example: my company allows me to take 6 months of for having a baby but I only get paid for what the state/gevernment pays for.) Good luck and Congratulations!
B.H. answers from Detroit on May 21, 2010
On my job maternity leave or Family Medical Leave act is unpaid. However, if you have sick or vacation time it came be used to get a check while you are off. My job also offers long term disability/not short term. However, you must exhaust all of your sick and vacation time before you can apply. I did not apply and I think you must be off work more than six months to qualify. I did not use my vacation or sick time. When I returned to work I know that I would need time off to take the baby for check-ups or if he was sick. So, I was off 6 months with no pay.
I don't know how other places do it but on my job after 3 month you can apply or request for extention to be off an additonal 3 months. The reason could be that you need more time to bond with the baby or you are having health issues.
M.J. answers from Los Angeles on May 21, 2010
In CA, you can get six weeks disability after the baby is born, and I believe an additional six weeks under the FMLA. You get either 4 or 6 weeks BEFORE the baby is born if your Obgyn says you need to stop working at that point. Here is a link for more info: http://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/Paid_Family_Leave.htm
Congrats and good luck!
B.M. answers from Chicago on May 21, 2010
If you are talking about state covered disability, I don't know - I live in a state that does not offer disability.
As far as your company you will have to check with your benefits department. It varies from company to company - but MOST companies have a waiting period, although some offer disability immediately. Sometimes short term disability is paid for by the company and sometimes it is an election that you have to choose when you enroll in insurance and then you pay a monthly fee.
HOWEVER - not all disability coveres maternity. You will have to check on what your employer offers. Also, the amount that you get paid will vary - most of the time you do not get 100% of your salary AND on top of disability you have to pay your own insurance premiums.