How many Maternity Leaves (months) does your goverment give you?

Asni - posted on 01/18/2009 ( 22 moms have responded )

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Hi all... I'm new to your community and hope to find new friends over here. I'm posting the question as above subject just out of curiosity. My country is only giving away 60 days (2 months) maternity leaves for female employees and honestly I feel it is not enough! I wish we could have at least 6 months maternity here as to encourage exclusive breatfeeding of our infants for the first crutial 6 months of our baby's life! sigh.. so please let me know how your govement treat working moms with regards to maternity benefits. I'd like to compare.



thanks,

Asni, Malaysian.

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Asni - posted on 02/09/2009

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Hi all. thanks for the great feedback from all over the country especially thanks to Ericka Loomis who showed me wikipedia's comprehensive parental leave link. i should have done that in the first place but it is wonderful to hear all mummies here giving positive feedback nonetheless.  I thot this subject had died out in the past but i guess the question i posted here can relate to all working moms so many thanks in return!



 



my baby is due next month and I so much ever wishing that I am working in Sweden, Canada, Norway or in the UK! How lucky for those who are :)

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Kylee - posted on 02/07/2009

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Hiya, here in new zealand we get 14 weeks paid maternity leave but you can have 12 months leave which after your 14 weeks is up, it is without pay.

Stacey - posted on 01/26/2009

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Hello Asni. I feel for u, 60 days is not enough time for u to bond with your baby. Over in the uk, I work for the National Health Service and we get 9 months paid maternity leave. 6 months of this is full pay and 3 months is half pay.

Janet - posted on 01/25/2009

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US here and I live in California.  We fall under the Federal Family Medical Leave Act but we also have a state program called Paid Family Leave - it provides a percentage of your pay (same rate as disability) for up to 6 weeks a year for several things including bonding with a child.  FMLA protects your job for 12 weeks (no pay related to FMLA).  Short term disability gives you partial pay right after the baby (8 weeks for me due to c-section) then the Paid Family Leave money kicks in after that (so 14 weeks for me of partial pay).  Luckily the firm I work for as a maternity leave benefit so that covered some pay also and I had a ton of vacation and sick time saved up so between everything I ended up taking 6 months off with no loss in pay (subsidized the disability pay with vacation time for that period).  This took a lot of pre-planning (i.e. saving up my paid time) and working for an awesome company.  Technically, they only had to hold my job for 12 weeks though so there was a small risk but I knew they'd hold my job.  I do think we need some serious reforms in this area for the US.  I wish more dad were able financially to take some time with the baby (PFL in CA covers dads for 6 weeks for bonding).  California is slightly ahead of the curve but we could do a lot better in the US.

Christina - posted on 01/25/2009

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Quoting Jessi:

The US federal government is 12 weeks. However US military (my branch at least) gives you 6 weeks. And honestly is stinks. Luckily I can take whatever days I have saved so usually I get about 3 months after they are born. I would love to have more time if it were paid but can't afford to take it if it isn't. Working definitely affects the breastfeeding issue.


I am a US federal employee and we get 12 weeks unpaid unless you have leave saved to use from the date you enact the leave (usually when born).  You can request more time if its medically necessary or have other reason but it's your agencies decision to grant it and its still unpaid.  We do have the option to request leave donations from other employees in our agency but you must use all of yours first and have a medical necessity for it.  Also they allow you to request advance sick leave.  Which means they will pay you for up to 30 days but as you earn your leave after returning they take it back to pay for what they gave you while you were out.  It will take me 2 years to pay back the time I took off to have Mycah.  But it was worth it to be with him for that time.



US congress has had a bill in its hands for a while now that would allow 4-8 weeks of paid maternity leave (don't have to use your leave you earned) for federal employees but it keeps getting pushed to the side.  Who knows if it will ever be passed.  I'm hoping it does before I have another child!

Malin - posted on 01/25/2009

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Hi! I'm from Sweden and I apologize in advance about any misspelled words and/or bad grammar...



Here each parent has a right to 240 days paid maternity/paternity leave, this is per child. The money you receive is 80 percent of your income, some employers (like mine) offers a additional 10 percent so that you get 90 percent of your income.



You're able to use these days up until the year the child turns 8. You can for example only use 2 days a week and save up days but after the child turns 1 you have to use 7 days a week or else you'll get less than 80 percent of your income. I guess this is because they want people to return to work...



You're allowed to give up days to the other parent except för 60 days that are yours exclusivly. If you dont use those days (and some fathers don't) they expire the year your child turns 8. Parents who have twins (or triplets etc) get an extra 180 days. Twinparents also have the right to be at home with mat/pat leave at the same time. If you have one child only one parent at a time can have mat/pat leave.



Also right after the birth the other parent is given 10 days of leave, these are not included in the 240 days. If you're a singel mom these 10 days can be used by a relative or a close friend.

Asni - posted on 01/21/2009

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Quoting Alice:

Are you asking about paid maternity leave, or about how long you can be away from your job without losing the job?

I live in the US. We have a law that protects our job for 12 weeks of maternity leave. However, maternity leave was without pay for the particular company I work for.



Gosh! When I mentioned maternity leave it means paid leave as my country does not offer unpaid leave for maternity or paternity.  We dont have laws to protect our jobs in a company we work with once we complete paid maternity leave!!! That means if you want your job you gotta come back to work or else use up your annual leave which is not a lot you see. How depressing! No wonder other countries have higher number of breastfed babies compared to Malaysia.



Our law provides mandatory 2 months (60 days) for a full paid maternity leave - full stop. Paternity leave (paid leave) is subjected to the company's policy. Mine offer 3 days off only.



 



sucks.



 

Michelle - posted on 01/20/2009

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I am in the US, too. My short term disability (which I pay $30/pay check to have!) only covered me at 60% of my normal pay for 4 weeks only. The first 2 weeks were the "elimination period" where I couldn't receive any benefits.

I say we start a group in the US to demand better maternity leave!!! 6 weeks is just not enough. If other countries can provide more, we should be able to, too. : )

Brooke - posted on 01/20/2009

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Quoting Alice:

Are you asking about paid maternity leave, or about how long you can be away from your job without losing the job?

I live in the US. We have a law that protects our job for 12 weeks of maternity leave. However, maternity leave was without pay for the particular company I work for.



True, according to FMLA (Family Medical Leave Act) your employer has to protect your job for 12 weeks, and that's unpaid....BUT thats only if your employer has enough employees to follow under that law. When I asked about that at my job, I was told that we don't have enough employees in a certain mile radius to have to follow that law...... of all the loopholes!!! So, only 6 weeks was available for me, and that was only because that's when my doctor would allow me back to work. Without a doctors approval to come back, I couldn't return.

Connie - posted on 01/20/2009

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I'm from Australia and here there is 12 months maternity leave. However, paid maternity leave is dependent on your place of employment. I'm a nurse and received 10 weeks paid leave and 42 unpaid. Nurses here can also put in a special request to extend unpaid leave to 24 months. Most places of employment also offer paternity leave of up to a week.
There has been a recent push for government to provide 18 weeks paid maternity leave to all mothers. Decision is still to be made.

Alice - posted on 01/19/2009

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Are you asking about paid maternity leave, or about how long you can be away from your job without losing the job?



I live in the US. We have a law that protects our job for 12 weeks of maternity leave. However, maternity leave was without pay for the particular company I work for.

Darlene - posted on 01/19/2009

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Quoting Carrie:

In Alberta, Canada you have to have a min of 750hrs in a twelve month period before you go on mat leave. Then it is 6 weeks maternity, and 46weeks parental leave all paid for but it's only 65% of your regular income. They have 6 weeks maternity in place because the female has to take that weather they are putting baby for adopting or keeping their baby, it's the recovery time allowed, and 46 weeks parental for either male or female or you can split it half and half, which ever parent wants to take it. 99% of females take it not many men do, this it the time they allow for raising your child with pay. So in Canada I guess it's pretty good and each povince is diferent. Saskatchewan pays even more like 75% ..


Wow! You get 65% in Alberta - and they get 75% in Sask!! Here in Ontario we get 55% - OR a maximum of $420 a week.  So, if 55% of your wage is more than $420, you are out of luck, and get less than 55% of your income - the upside is - you DO get the year!  Here in Canada, it is in the Labour Code that you get 52 weeks paid leave (broken up as Carrie said) (well - it's actually only 50 weeks, because you have your mandatory unpaid 2 week waiting period) and your employer has to hold your job and your position.  Then, you CAN actually take another 52 week, unpaid leave, and your employer STILL has to hold your job - BUT doesn't have to hold your position - they just have to hire you back.  I personally don't know of anyone who has taken the second, unpaid leave - if you took that leave, I'm thinking you just wouldn't go back to work, 'cause you obviously don't need the income!



We're pretty lucky here in Canada, that's for sure!

Jessi - posted on 01/19/2009

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The US federal government is 12 weeks. However US military (my branch at least) gives you 6 weeks. And honestly is stinks. Luckily I can take whatever days I have saved so usually I get about 3 months after they are born. I would love to have more time if it were paid but can't afford to take it if it isn't. Working definitely affects the breastfeeding issue.

Kayla - posted on 01/19/2009

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Yeah, I only got 6 weeks unpaid. I asked to take 12 weeks they agreed but I couldn't claim it on my short term disability. I had to go back to work after 6 weeks. I was breast feeding. I had to quit though b/c me being at work and not being able to pump as often made my milk dry up or run short anyway. I agree. I wanted to breast feed my daughter the whole time and couldn't b/c the government is poor. What are they doing with all that money anyway?????

Brooke - posted on 01/19/2009

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US.....I just had a baby in Sept. I only got 6 weeks, and that was unpaid unless you had short term disabililty elsewhere (which I did) but that was only 65% of your normal income.

Tracey - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hi I know you already have a reply from uk, just to add, i got 6 weeks pay at 90% of hourly/weekly income. Then after that for the remainder of the 9 months i received SMP - Statutory Maternity Pay at £110 per week, its approximately the same pay as the unemployed are entitled to and I think its one of the best things the uk govermet has done.  I loved my time with my daughter and it wouldn't have been possible in New Zealand, which is where my husband is from.  And the UK goverment also offer Paternity Pay, so my husband could take two weeks off (within 8 weeks of baby being born) and get paid £110 per week also, so lose a bit from salary, but hey the extra days off work are great for the extra support in those first few weeks.

Carrie - posted on 01/18/2009

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In Alberta, Canada you have to have a min of 750hrs in a twelve month period before you go on mat leave. Then it is 6 weeks maternity, and 46weeks parental leave all paid for but it's only 65% of your regular income. They have 6 weeks maternity in place because the female has to take that weather they are putting baby for adopting or keeping their baby, it's the recovery time allowed, and 46 weeks parental for either male or female or you can split it half and half, which ever parent wants to take it. 99% of females take it not many men do, this it the time they allow for raising your child with pay. So in Canada I guess it's pretty good and each povince is diferent. Saskatchewan pays even more like 75% ..

Tracy - posted on 01/18/2009

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12 weeks of using your own time, short term disability or unpaid.  It stinks.



U.S.

Rachelle - posted on 01/18/2009

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Hiya! Here in England you can now get nine months paid maternity leave but actually can take up to a year off, with the last 3 months not paid! So its quite good in comparison. I feel you should be entitled to alot more then two months, id hate to leave me little one so soon!

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