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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 00:42 AM   1
bartlettpear
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2 hour nap = insomnia


With the education crisis I feel worried about landing a teaching job next August. So i looked on working mothers for the best companies for moms:

Financial Companies - a plus since I work in finance already.
  • Automatic Data Processing (ADP) - How awesome to work from HOME?
  • Citi - New birth moms may take 26 job-guaranteed weeks off, with 13 fully paid
  • Bank of America - All new parents may take 26 job guaranteed weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child, with full pay for 12 weeks. With a manager's approval, moms can spend two paid hours per week volunteering at their kids' schools.
  • MasterCard Worldwide - Moms who want to lose weight, quit smoking and improve their diets can sign up for the company's new health-coaching program
Other Companies...
  • Discovery Communications - just sounds... amazing. 9 weeks paid ML, can take 4 weeks PT without losing benefits.
  • Cisco - launch of Off/On Ramp, which offers extended leaves of up to two years, including one with full benefits. Also new: four fully paid weeks off for adoption.
  • LEGO Systems - 26 job-guaranteed weeks off, with 13 fully paid
  • The McGraw-Hill Companies - If women are struggling with infertility, they will find that they are now covered for up to $20,000 in services provided by recognized Centers of Excellence. since maternity leave lasts 26 weeks. In 2009, seven of those weeks were fully paid, up from four the year before. wtf... only FOUR?
Companies I have heard of
  • Hallmark Cards - FREE GREETING CARDS!!
  • FreddieMac. No.
  • Allstate Insurance
  • Capital One
  • American Express
  • DuPont (Nascar, anyone?)
  • AOL
  • Dell
  • Wyndham Worldwide
  • Colgate-Palmolive
  • HP
  • MetLife
  • IBM
  • General Electric
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Kellogg
  • General Mills
  • New York Life Insurance
  • Kraft Foods
  • Texas Instruments
  • Marriott International
  • Intel
  • Verizon Communications
  • Pearson
  • March of Dimes Foundation
  • PRudential Financial
  • Microsoft (who HASNT heard of them??)
  • FannieMae. No.
  • Morgan Stanley
  • SC Johnson



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 03:55 AM   2
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Hi bartlettpear. What maternity provision does the US government offer parents?

Here in the UK we can get what's called statutory maternity pay (SMP) if we have worked for 26 consecutive weeks before the 15th week of our pregnancy (so basically you need to have worked for the company for 11 weeks before you get pregnant). This entitles the mother to:

39 weeks of pay broken down by: the first six weeks at 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings. The remaining 33 weeks at the lower of either the standard rate of 124.88, or 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings.

This is the miminum our government guarantee but a lot of companies offer an enhanced maternity policy. In my case I get 6 weeks at 90% of my pay then the next 4 months and two weeks at 50% of my pay plus the SMP standard rate and the last 3 months at just the SMP standard rate. By law my company also have to give me the last 3 months unpaid if I want it. So basically I get 9 months with some form of pay and can take 3 months unpaid.



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 06:00 AM   3
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That is really good Blaire, I have obviously checked my Maternity Leave Policy at work and we only get the standard 90% for the 1st 6 weeks and then the lower of the 125 or 90% of weekly pay! so mine isn't so great



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 07:39 AM   4
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we get a really good maternity pay scheme where I am (hence my reluctance to jump ship to the world of self employed before having my first LO)- we get 16 weeks at full pay, followed by 23 at SMP, or we can take it as 8 weeks full, 16 half and 15 SMP...



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 07:44 AM   5
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Wow that is really good!



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 07:45 AM   6
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It's interesting to see what other companies in the uk and other countries offer to mums.

I'm really lucky in that I get 6 months full pay, the remaining 3 months at the smp rate then the 3 months unpaid if I choose to take it.

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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 07:59 AM   7
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Wow MummytoSummer- and I thought mine was good!! What sector are you in? For me, working in higher education, it's about the only benefit there is!



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 08:11 AM   8
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Wow MummytoSummer that is really good! wish I had that

I work in the private sector and in my team being the Commercial Management Team I am the only woman



 
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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 08:46 AM   9
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As I said I'm very lucky in that my employers are great. I work at a prison so it's in the public sector. It's the best maternity pay scheme I've come across in the jobs I've done and the employers I've worked for.

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Old Mar 28th, 2011, 09:08 AM   10
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Originally Posted by BlaireUK View Post
Hi bartlettpear. What maternity provision does the US government offer parents?

Here in the UK we can get what's called statutory maternity pay (SMP) if we have worked for 26 consecutive weeks before the 15th week of our pregnancy (so basically you need to have worked for the company for 11 weeks before you get pregnant). This entitles the mother to:

39 weeks of pay broken down by: the first six weeks at 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings. The remaining 33 weeks at the lower of either the standard rate of 124.88, or 90 per cent of your average gross weekly earnings.

This is the miminum our government guarantee but a lot of companies offer an enhanced maternity policy. In my case I get 6 weeks at 90% of my pay then the next 4 months and two weeks at 50% of my pay plus the SMP standard rate and the last 3 months at just the SMP standard rate. By law my company also have to give me the last 3 months unpaid if I want it. So basically I get 9 months with some form of pay and can take 3 months unpaid.

I am not sure what the laws are for maternity leave in the US, i just know certain companies are different. My company, that I work for right now offers 6 weeks full pay for vaginal and 8 weeks full pay for C-section. 12 weeks canbe taken but with short-term disability. It just depends on how long youre with the company but my company offers health ins the first 30 days of employment.

After reading the article on WorkingMothers, i know my company wouldnt be a good place to work and try to raise a family (i have also seen this working there), but I know we couldnt take 9 MONTHS off... that would be amazing and I would be willing to lose partial pay for that.

I will definately be looking into my husbands healthcare for next year and deciding if we need to look at outside providers, stay with his work, or decide from there. It is just a lot that goes into having a baby



 
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