questions about mat leave

Carli - posted on 04/27/2010 ( 9 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone on here knew some info on mat leave and how it works and if it works for part timers ?

i work at michaels craft store as a FES . only part time though and the hours are think and out of my control. So i dont always have the same hours every week. I am really worried that i wont get Mat leave or it wont be very much and not worth it.

Can anyone help? I have tryd talking to my boss about it but she dosnt have kids and i dont feel she really gets it or understands.

im due on aug 19

thanks so much

Carli and baby

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Janie - posted on 05/01/2010

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If you have any problems and have to go off work early, the doctor can write a medical certificate... and you can access sick benefits under EI if you have no benefits ie sick time at work. And you get your full mat leave with your little one, because you go from sick leave, then roll right into mat/parental leave. And reopen if needed post mat leave, but only if needed..ie medical issues and the total 15 weeks wasn't used before mat leave. But you can't access it post mat leave unless it was open prior to mat leave.. So 65 weeks total. FYI EI has two week waiting periods you must live through on your own before they start benefits and its 55% of your pre leave wages(usually 26 weeks). Hope this helps, I had health issues before my delivery, you can look for more information on the service canada web site.

Renee - posted on 05/01/2010

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Y'all are all doing better than me, I work for the State of SC and as soon as we go out we have to start FMLA and none of our leave is paid unless we are using sick leave and/or vacation time. Fortunately I had enough sick leave to take 6 weeks off and 2 weeks at half days. (it helps when I worked there for three years and only took days off of sick leave for when I was so sick I couldn't stand/drive).

Jayna - posted on 04/30/2010

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15 weeks paid is great. I live in Cali and for my Maternity Leave I got 4wks before and 6wks after pain. Then I got to file for Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) 12 wks job security. My company provided 6wks paid. So I exhausted it all

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That's great! Glad it worked out. Where are you from?? That's much better than what I got!! (Good for you!)

Kristina - posted on 04/28/2010

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I can tell you your entitlement in the UK but I am not sure that would help?? (I have never heard of Michaels Craft Store so I am guessing you are not from the UK)..

Carli - posted on 04/28/2010

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thank you jessica,

yah HR for michaels is very rude and i was not impressed with them. but i talked to a gov worker for mat leave and figured it out. i do get it . cause i have worked over 600 hours in the last 52 weeks. i get 15 weeks paid pat leave and then i go on parently leave for the 37 weeks left of the year. its just like EI so you dont get much at all for pay. but thanks for the reply :D nice to know there are some nice people out there still :D

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I am not sure if you would get any type of paid leave, since you are part time. Double check my facts, but if you have worked there for at least a year, and at least 1,250 within that year (I think) you are at least entitled to 12 weeks off under the Family Medical Leave Act (if you company employs 50 or more employees within 75 miles of the work site)...but I think it is all unpaid unfortunately. I am a full-time employee with benefits, and I actually only got about 4 weeks paid...and only at 60% of my regular pay. They considered it 'short term disability' (which a lot of companies do). I used two weeks of vacation time on top of that, and then took two weeks off completely unpaid.

Michaels must have an HR department you could contact...I would definitely talk to them! Your boss might have no idea how maternity leave, or the FMLA works (mine didn't...I had to go to HR for help!). I know different companies have different policies...be sure to ask so you get what you are entitled to!

Good luck!

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