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Old Jan 18th, 2013, 14:10 PM   1
katerdid
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Anyone else work where they don't offer leave?


I've told my employer and she was thrilled. Said she's very pro family (she has two little ones herself) and if I need anything at all, let her know.
Of course that's a relief, but then she went on to say that the company doesn't do maternity leave or leave of absence. I won't get paid time off. In fact, the only way to go about it is to quit! She said to let her know when I'm ready to start work again and she's hire me back.

Anyone work for a small company and in a similar situation? Could I get unemployment? Is this even legal?



 
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Old Jan 18th, 2013, 14:38 PM   2
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You might want to check to see if FMLA applies to you and your employer (I don't know how small it is). It's unpaid, but it protects your job while you're away after the birth of the baby:

Family and Medical Leave Act



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 13:26 PM   3
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I'm having the same troubles. And I was too sick early on to carry on working so now I'm even worse off. I am still looking into what financial options are available for me since I've been kicked off my EI. I guess it depends where you are living. Is there a centre or something where you can go in and talk to someone about your options re: protecting your job and getting financial help? That is what I'm planning to do.



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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 13:27 PM   4
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I can use my vacation and sick time and "earn" time off by working extra hours before I go on leave, but I really don't have any paid leave, either. Thankfully FMLA protects my job, but the essentially unpaid time is definitely a drag.



 
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Old Jan 21st, 2013, 14:12 PM   5
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My job doesn't offer sick time, vacation or any thing of the sort. We don't have any benefits, dental, health etc.

I'll ask about fmla, tho I feel like we wouldn't qualify.



 
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Old Jan 22nd, 2013, 18:59 PM   6
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Im not going to get paid time off because I only work part time at my job, and not even sure if the company offers paid time off...but they said my status at the job would just change until I returned and I wouldnt loose my job or anything or have to be rehired. I sure wish I could get paid time off though! Lol.No idea how many days my OH will be able to get off either his company is strict with him and he works like 7 days a week most weeks...ugh..hope he can get at least a week though to help me out while I'm recovering..



 
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Old Jan 23rd, 2013, 10:12 AM   7
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Here's an article I found about maternity leave in Michigan:
http://www.examiner.com/article/mate...te-of-michigan

And a link about the Federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act: http://www.ncsl.org/issues-research/...-statutes.aspx

FMLA might only apply if your company has more than 50 employees, I'm not sure. You'll have to dig deeper, but having to fire/rehire you doesn't sound right in my opinion. I've worked for 2 small companies, but not in Michigan, so the laws may be different than what I'm used to.

Any leave you do get will likely be unpaid, but I don't think they can deny you leave.



 
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Old Jan 29th, 2013, 23:35 PM   8
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My company offers a year of job protected leave but it isn't paid. I will have to be on EI during my leave, which is normal for where I am (AB, Canada) As for the US I'm not too sure what government benefits are offered while you are on leave.



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2013, 06:12 AM   9
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God that is harsh x



 
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Old Jan 30th, 2013, 07:49 AM   10
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As for the US I'm not too sure what government benefits are offered while you are on leave.
Bupkis. Nada. Nothing. Zilch. Zero. There are 0 government benefits for leave - just that for certain sized employers after a certain time of service (usually 1 year), they have to let you be gone for 12 weeks and get your same or a comparable job back when you return. Unpaid. Our country is screwed up.



 
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