Maternity (Leave) by Obscurity

Who knew it would be this hard to figure out what I’m entitled to? Using saved vacation time was a given. I also had a vague idea of what the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) was about and that my company didn’t have an official “maternity leave” program but that short-term disability would cover it. Handy bit of trivia: FMLA only protects your job but some other program, like short-term disability, is what would cover salary but they are commonly done in conjunction with one another. No one on my team has used maternity leave so no resource there. I combed through the maze of literature available on my company website and still only got a surface understanding of how it would all work and just came up with more questions. I finally emailed the HR short-term disability contact listed with specific questions and was ignored for an entire month before I decided to email a second HR contact and then next my boss, who forwarded it to the head of HR. Finally some answers! Ironically, another month goes by and the original HR contact emails me and asks if my questions have been answered and if not, to feel free to talk to him. Yeah, sure, thanks for the invitation! In any case, my next set of questions were answered with useful and detailed information in a much more timely manner and I think I’ve finally got a grasp of what my options really are and how they would affect us. Really? Every expecting woman at my company had to go through this runaround? Surely there should be some quick FAQ or cheatsheet that HR has put together for easy distribution? And since this isn’t specifically for maternity leave, these would be valid questions for ANYONE using short-term disability for any reason. Goodness. To give them some credit, it sounds like the information I was requesting would have eventually been revealed during the FMLA application process but I’m trying not to leave pesky things like maternity leave until the last minute!

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One thought on “Maternity (Leave) by Obscurity

  1. Unbelievable. I can’t believe there’s not an easy-to-understand q and a already in place. And I can’t believe you original hr person procrastinated long enough to have the GALL to ask you if your questions were now answered. Who said pregnancy was easy?

    So, are the answers you got GOOD answers?

    Also keep us all informed about the renovations. Things are moving so fast in your life. Enjoy every moment.

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