Thursday, October 20, 2011

No Maternity Leave? Really?

I called the human resources lady for our school district this morning.  I wanted to know if there was anything I needed to do about maternity leave even though it was a long time away.   So, anyway... I found out that the only paid time off that I get is from my own accrued sick days!  I don't get ANY paid leave at all!  What?!

Really?  I thought it was like a law or something!  I thought that everyone got 6 paid weeks off for Maternity!  I guess I was wrong.  I learned that if I do take time off, I have to apply for a Family Medical Leave of Absence...which, of course, is unpaid time off.   To beat all of that, if I take the unpaid leave, I have to pay for my own health insurance during that time!  Wow!  I can't believe this!!

If I use up all of my sick days, that will mean that I won't have any left to take off days if the baby gets sick or needs to go to the doctor for appointments, either!

At least I have a little while to figure out what we are going to do.  I'm really glad that I'm due at the end of the school year!


  1. Call your health insurance company and see if you have short term disability coverage. Unfortunately it's not required by any employer to pay for maternity leave :(

  2. Sarah, I'm going to have enough sick days to cover the time I long as I don't have to go on bed rest or have any other issues where I can't work.