How long did you doctor authorize medical leave (paid portion of FMLA)?
also...how did you deliver?
There is no paid portion of FMLA. Some states have paid leave, but FMLA does not mandate paid leave. I had a STD policy that paid for 8 weeks minus my elimination period (2 weeks). The doctor authorized 8 weeks "disability" for my c-section.
I believe the standard for vag delivery is 6 weeks and c-section is 8 weeks. Though many doctors are starting to go with 6 weeks for both.
I have "Maternity Leave" from my work that gives everyone 12 weeks of paid parental leave. And the FMLA is not paid, but just secures your job if you are out on STD, ect. My FMLA ran concurrent with my STD(bed rest).
my OB took me out of work this week- friday was my last day- monday my first offical day of leave- under my paid STD ... which will exhaust on June 22nd -but the latest i'd deliver would be June 15th so i'm covered - then start my maternity leave, which here in NJ is better than most states. I get 8 paid weeks (b/c of c/s, 6 if vag) then 2 additional paid that my company offers, then 10 weeks unpaid of NJFMLA that is unpaid but protects my job.
FMLA has nothing to do with pay -- that's completely up to your employer. I went on leave at 23 weeks, and the doc wrote me out until 8 weeks post-partum . . . if I go to the date of my scheduled c/s, that'll be 23 weeks total.
Wow. I never actually added all of that up . . .
I have to take some unpaid miscellaneous leave however, on top of my FMLA. All FMLA does is guarantee you (if your employer has a certain number of employees) 6 weeks pp for a vag delivery, and 8 weeks for a c/s, and the ability to take up to 12 weeks without losing your job.