HOW DOES THE *FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE WORK*?

  • HELLO! RIGHT NOW, I'M OUT ON MATERNITY LEAVE AND IT'S GOING TO END NEXT WEEK, ON APRIL 3RD. I WAS OUT 8 WEEKS SINCE I HAD A C-SECTION. NOW, I WANT TO TAKE THE FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE..BUT, I'M NOT SURE HOW DOES THAT WORK..DO YOU NEED THE DOCTOR'S APPROVAL? HOW MANY ADDITIONAL WEEKS IS IT? DO YOU GET PAID? AND, MOST IMPORTANT..CAN YOU TAKE THOSE WEEKS LATER ON IN THE YEAR OR DOES IT HAVE TO BE RIGHT AFTER THE MATERNITY LEAVE IS OVER? I HEARD & READ MANY DIFFERENT THINGS..SO, CAN I PLEASE GET SOME FEEDBACK..THANKS SOOOOOOO MUCH!

  • FMLA may vary from state to state in its implementation. However as a Federal program you are entitled to it. Speak with your Human Resources department for the full details of how it works and the effects it will have on you, your benefits, and your job. They cannot deny you using, though I am not certain if it must be used right away or can be taken later so you may wish to check into that if they try to tell you you cant.

  • I took Family Medical Leave the entire 6 weeks I was out after my baby was born.  In North Carolina you & the doctor fills out paperwork stating what you need time for and I think FMLA is for 12 weeks of paid or unpaid leave (depending on your HR dept).  I work for the State of NC and we accrue vacation & sick time every month so if you have enough time to take off during your leave then you continue to get paid if not then it is unpaid after you run out of time.  It all just depends on your Human Resources dept.  I don't think you take the time off later I would think they would require you to take it while you are on medical leave but every state & human resource dept is different.  I hope that helps you out some.

  • StrongDad's right in that the laws vary from state to state as to how it can be used, though by federal law I believe everyone is entitled to 12 weeks. This does not guarantee pay, though, only that your employer can't take away your job. They may be able to change your job (move you to a different department or something), but as long as you're at the same pay/responsibility level, they're within their rights to do so.

    Maternity leave is something that most states have short-term disability options for, where you can still get a portion of your pay for the time you are out. Some companies offer additional short-term disability benefits, too. However, companies are not required to pay you for maternity leave. Here in NJ, there was a law passed recently that provided pay for maternity leave, but I'm not sure how that works.

    Best bet is to talk to someone in your HR department about what your rights are. They should lay everything out for you so you can make an informed decision.

  • Hi, I just finished applying for FMLA with my company and it was approved.  I would make sure that you keep your immediate supervisor involved with the process.  I had to contact my company's HR department.  They sent me forms by email which I had to fill out and have my OB/GYN's office complete.  I faxed it back to the HR department and I received a confirmation email.  My company's insurance company was also contacted about short-term disability and I had to call them directly and give information over the phone.  The insurance company started the claim and they are waiting for me to officially go on maternity leave on April 1st.  I'm work for a very large company so I don't know if it will be different for you.  I hope this helps  Wink

  • I agree with the posters that said FMLA varies.  I think that you are entitled for up to 12 weeks of leave to be taken sometime within the first year.  The company I work for has another outside company that handles all the leaves of absence.  I had to pick up the paperwork from administration at my company and then take it to the doctor to fill it out (he charged me $35)  After that I had to call the company that handles the leaves to get a claim number and a due date for my paperwork.  While I was on the phone they also gave me a claim number for the short-term disability pay.  Anyway, I sent my paperwork in before the due date (they gave me 21 days) and they sent me an approval letter in the mail.  They stated the approximate date that my leave will start and the approximate date I'm expected to return to work.  I know that when it comes to actually activating my leave things may get a little hectic because I have to contact the company I work for AND the company that handles the leave. 

    I'm not too sure about how the short-term disability pay works.  I just know that I filled out the paperwork for it and that other women at my company have received it when they had babies.

    Anyway, good luck with your situation!  I hope it all works out well for you!