• FMLA and Maternity Leave

    FMLA is the Family Medical Leave Act and if you search for this on-line you will find way more info than you ever wanted to know on it.
    The main part of FMLA coverage is guarantee us continuation of benefits and a job in Family Medical situations and the general minimum coverage is for 12 weeks, it does not guarantee pay in most cases.  The contract assumes that we will follow the Federal FMLA law, which is like a 6" binder of paper.  We also have district policies that we follow and they loosen things up a bit. 

    But what about maternity leave.  You can have 12 weeks off for the birth of a child, the question is will you be paid.  There are 2 scenarios.

    If you have a regular natural birth process and everyone is healthy and doing great, which is what everyone wants, then you can take 6 weeks off after the birth of the baby and use sick leave for that time if you have enough sick time.  Any time after that for the purpose of just being home with the baby would be unpaid leave and our contracts allow for an additional year of unpaid leave.  The board will usually grant up to but no more than 2 years leave of this type. 

    Now everyone has a due date, but the baby does not usually come out on exactly that date anyway.  Lets say that your doc says you need to be home and rest for a week or two before you actually give birth, that time can be sick time and would not count against your 6 weeks of paid time off for the birth of the baby.  Those 6 weeks (30 work days) would start with the birth of the baby.

    If your delivery is a C-section -- you can have 12 weeks paid time off if you have the sick time to cover it. 
    Or if there are any complications with mom or the baby, then the 6 weeks of paid time off can be extended as needed, we just need a doctors note that there is a medical reason for you to be off.

    So with a non-complicated natural birth, you would need a doctor's note stating that you need to be off past the 6 weeks due to a medical issue with you or the baby in order to have it be paid through sick leave.