Day 1 - Day 7 of off work for medical reasons = This is your "wait week". You use sick / vacation etc to fill in the pay gap here.
Day 8 - Day 84 (12 weeks) - you will get 60% of your base/gross pay minus taxes.
I'm getting excited that things are on the move! Can you believe it's almost March 1st - which is almost your month!?!? OMG!
Aweee - at least he'll be able to fix it! How old is your Camery? I know those things are BEASTS and can usually keep going and going! Hope it's nothing big.. but WOO-FLIPPIN-HOO for them FINALLY fixing your heat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
On another plus note - the heat pump is being installed He knocked on the door at 8 o'clock!! WOOT! FINALLY!
On a bad note - he needed me to move the cars so he could get the trucks backed up in the driveway. I got in DH's truck - check engine light came on. I moved it, I mean it runs...but that light is a no good light. Then I got in the Camry - turned it on, it turns right back off. I tried it like 3 times. DH got in it the other day to move it and it started and went just fine. NOT FOR ME! The heat guy was like...um..don't worry about it, when the rest of the crew gets here we'll just push it.
I just said...okay. Then kind of meekly went inside. UGH. My DH is a friggin MECHANIC. Kind of embarrassing to have non-running cars.
Jessica - Sorry that you were so sick last night. I hope that you are feeling better today. for getting your heat finally fixed at least!!!!
I don't know much about maternity leave other than my own company's policies, so I'm glad that Adriana can help with some of that, and I definitely think you should talk to your HR rep.
I just wanted to add that I agree that unfortunately (unfortunately if you need a note from your doc to get time off paid) most doctors won't sign off on medical leave very easily unless there is a real valid medical reason for it. I had to go to the hospital to get my doctor to say that I should probably stop flying, let alone go on some sort of leave. LOL!!!
That's why I really think you should find out what accommodations they can make for you for the physical parts of your job. The part where you are sitting at your desk doing paperwork probably isn't much harder on your body than sitting on your own couch, but I'm sure that bending and lifting are getting to be a total pain by now. They are probably waiting for you to tell them what you can and can't do on that front, so I think it's time to tell them that for this last month it is too difficult for you to do anything that requires lifting or getting down on the floor or things like that. Surely they are willing to accommodate you for that stuff - again, what would they do if you broke your leg? Sure, you might go on vacation for a week or two if you broke your leg, but when you came back you would still have physical limitations until it was healed. They have to have some sort of plan in place for stuff like that, you would think. It doesn't hurt to ask anyway.
Elizabeth - That sucks that you have to take the whole 12 weeks unpaid, although good that at least they are letting you go out.
I'm another one that wishes we were more like Canada - one year off, paid. I wish!
-Alissa, mom to Tristan (5) and Reid (the baby!)
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Hey Jessica - To piggyback off a portion of Alissa's post, I have a printout from my OB that my HR dpt was asking about.. it's a list of what's ok to do to (activity wise) and up to what gestation! I can send it to you..
You should not be bending over.. lifting over 25 lbs etc. Let me know if you want that! It's by no means a law or rule that they HAVE to follow but if you provide them with it and something happens that is caused by a "recommended, restricted activity" there could be liability on their behalf.
Let me know.
Adriana - I would like that paper....even if it's just for me to glance over. The problem at my job is that my two bosses are men. One is my age, one is 43 or something like that. Neither have been married, neither have kids. So they really think I'm completely milking this being pregnant thing. The older one, he's the boss of the whole store - if I sat down with him seriously and talked to him, I think he'd be okay with someone else doing some aspects of my job, but I'm kinda scared to do that because ...if it gets to the point where I have my replacement trained - and I can't do some procedures that are specifically "mine" to do.. I'm a little concerned I won't be needed.
Jessica I totally get your bosses not getting it. The owners of my firm are in their late 50's and never had kids. My boss sent me an email of the things he wants me to have done in the next 9 weeks (when I'm due). Little does he know that baby's don't always arrive on their due date. They are going to flip out when I go on maternity leave. They keep asking me if I'm interested in working part time, I'm like "umm no thanks." This is the only time I will have this much time with my son his entire life. I'm going to take it in full! Plus I know if I agreed to part time it would never work out, they would talk me into working more and staying late to finish the thing I was working on. I'm working about 60 hours per week right now and they have no sympathy for this preggo. BTW I have an awful cold today...I blame it on my work schedule.
(this is at 55% of your pay - and only up to a maximum salary - so if you make over something like $50,000 you only get 55% of the top salary, not your own. Still pretty nice!)
HA! This is me exactly! I work as much.. and get suckered into working on days off etc.
I'm honestly scared of when I leave to have this littloe man.. when I was in the hospital on Monday, I was only gone for 5 hours. 5 HOURS!! and this place went to hell in a handbasket.
DH says.. "What happens when you're gone is NOT your problem!"
True.. but guess who gets to clean up the mess when they get back. Grrr...
I am a little behind in the posts but to go back the good thing about my days is I get 15 new sick and 3 personal every year so I really only have to make it 13 days without using a day from June 3-June 18 and then next September I began again.
I know Canada's policy sounds so nice but from what I have heard and working with people it is not all that great either. Mine is not bad I jut have ot use my days. I could go 10 days unpaid and be able to use the sick bank here but with only 13 days I need it seemed stupid to do that so I will come back.
Can you not sign up for Aflac now? I know my cousin signed up after she was pregnant and was able to get it.
I also think that companies regardless of who the boss is and what sex they are have to be accomodating for you and that they could face a lot mroe serious problems if not. They cannot let you go in any way from being pregnant regardless of what you are asking for so I would totally talk to them. For me right now I am working up to the day before my c-section.