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fireflies11's picture
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disability?

I had my 36-week apt yesterday and asked my doc about disability. I think I mentioned before that my company provided full-pay disability up to 26-weeks, but I have to be actually disabled to use it.

I was disappointed she didn't fully restrict me. She said I cannot travel outside 30-miles of my hospital (risky if early labor w/prior c-section). Also, she said she would put me down to 20-hours/week since my job requires me to do site inspection while lugging around a 8lb laptop!

First thing today, boss assigned me work 1.5 hours away and I had to drop the news to him. He was confused by the whole thing. He's a bit of a good-ol-boy who has no clue that pregnant women eventually give birth and go on maternity leave. I think he really thinks I'll be up and running in a week (ah no...try 20!). I work with all men, I and don't think he's ever supervised a pregnant woman before.

I called HR and HR wasn't sure what to do either since I'm salary and don't really have set hours. :rolleyes: Well, as of tomorrow @ noon I will be at 20-hours for the week and they have given me no answer....ugh. I think the hold up is, they want me to work but not quite sure how to pay the "partial" disability. This is a large company, you'd think they would have ran into this situation before?

I was hoping for full leave. But Doc was hoping that the restrictions she has placed on me would encourage them to just have me out for good. I tried to explain to her that as long as I have a pulse, they'll find work for me:rolleyes:

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Well that sucks that she wouldn't just write you out for the whole time. I'm not sure most companies (or bosses) would know how to handle hat one.

Last time I had a baby I told my boss I needed to start my maternity leave a week early (before the baby was born) because I was having a really hard time with the commute. He didn't think I could do that and thought I had to work up until I gave birth. Um...not so much! I think they (esp men) just don't get it.

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Yes, my ST disability is also a "totally disabled" policy as well. The policy will not pay out unless you are completely unable to do your job. While it does stink, it is technically illegal for the doc to put you out on total disability if you are still able to safely work part time.
Maybe it would help your boss (who aparently does not have a clue) if you came up with a "plan" of activities that you CAN do in the meantime. That way, he can assign you appropriate projects and stuff. It also makes it look like you are willing to work with them and value you job, are reliable, etc..... It sounds like this is uncahrted territority for your work, and they just need a little nudge...

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"jeepbaby" wrote:

Maybe it would help your boss (who aparently does not have a clue) if you came up with a "plan" of activities that you CAN do in the meantime. That way, he can assign you appropriate projects and stuff. It also makes it look like you are willing to work with them and value you job, are reliable, etc..... It sounds like this is uncahrted territority for your work, and they just need a little nudge...

I think this is great advice! Have a talk!

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"jeepbaby" wrote:

While it does stink, it is technically illegal for the doc to put you out on total disability if you are still able to safely work part time.

I thought that at 36 weeks every woman with a "normal" pregnancy is eligible for disability. Is that just in California? I could have sworn it was FMLA.

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"triplespiral" wrote:

I thought that at 36 weeks every woman with a "normal" pregnancy is eligible for disability. Is that just in California? I could have sworn it was FMLA.

That's definitely not in the FMLA.

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Geez... your company sounds pretty special (I wish you could hear the sarcasm as I'm typing!). I'm sorry you have a caveman for a boss!

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"Starryblue702" wrote:

Geez... your company sounds pretty special (I wish you could hear the sarcasm as I'm typing!). I'm sorry you have a caveman for a boss!

Hey, they give 'free' ST disability as a benifit. Most of us have to pay for ours....... It just sounds like a bunch of guys who don't have a clue.....:ROFL:

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"triplespiral" wrote:

I thought that at 36 weeks every woman with a "normal" pregnancy is eligible for disability. Is that just in California? I could have sworn it was FMLA.

I'm 98% sure that CA pays for 2 wks before & 6 wks after. You have to get it signed off by your dr though.

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Oh yeah, sorry, I looked it up. It's definitely a California thing. The standard is 4 weeks before and 6 weeks after (or 8 if it's c-section).

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"triplespiral" wrote:

Oh yeah, sorry, I looked it up. It's definitely a California thing. The standard is 4 weeks before and 6 weeks after (or 8 if it's c-section).

4 weeks before? wha?

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"lesleynka" wrote:

4 weeks before? wha?

http://www.edd.ca.gov/disability/FAQ_DI_Pregnancy.htm

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Well, that'd be awesome if I could afford it, but it's really great to know in case I HAVE to use it. Smile Thanks Shelia.