at 10:57AM on May 20
Hi Shannon – that’s exactly right… most companies co-mingle disability leave with other types of leave that make-up the total maternity leave a mother is given. IMO, this should absolutely change. In terms of how much time-off we give new mothers, the US is in line with third-world countries. I don’t believe corporations will provide that level of leave though – it will need to be mandated or funded by the federal government. Some states do provide some paid leave for employees (California, for one) but that is the rare, rare case. Very few states have laws that differ from the federal law of FMLA, which requires 12-weeks of unpaid leave (and really only guarantees you your job, and under very specific circumstances).
at 9:22AM on May 16
Trent – I love Lily Allen and somehow missed this coming out last year too. I might be late on it, but I love this song!
at 1:29PM on May 15
Hi Shannon! Welcome back!!
I’m not a mom, yet, so I don’t have much of an opinion on the whole “being a mom is hard/changes you/etc” but I will say your reading of the whole “had to take a disability instead of maternity” thing is off… at least in the US. It’s actually just a matter of semantics. If you’re working, it’s VERY common to take disability after you’ve given birth – just like you would for any major medical surgery. This is not because your company thinks being a mom is somehow a disability… it’s because your company provides disability insurance as a benefit and most insurance companies/doctors would allow you 6-8 weeks of recovery time following birth. Different states have different regulations around this, and we could talk to the heavens about whether or not a new mom actually needs that much time off to “recover” but that’s not necessarily a decision your company makes.
The fact is, very few companies give you paid time off after you’ve given birth that’s just called “maternity” leave that isn’t also covered, in some part, by disability insurance. They may call it maternity to you… or they may call it FMLA, but most likely, some of that leave is being paid out under a disability plan. It’s very common to call your leave “maternity leave” and have it encompass 6-8 weeks of disability, a few weeks of some sort of paid parental, a make-up of your available paid time off, and then some unpaid leave if you’re approved/eligible for it.
I’ll take my HR-nerd hat off now – sorry to rant, but it’s a personal pet peeve of mine when people confuse what is considered maternity leave in the US. And I certainly don’t want your readers to feel like they’re being discriminated against or are being classified as “disabled” because they have a child.
at 3:12PM on Nov 12
Woohoo! I feel famous! It’s really an honor to be even be nominated.
at 10:37AM on Nov 4
Uhh…. Lady Gaga? Biotch stole The Gentleman’s look! But BTVS did it so much better.
at 10:00AM on Oct 22
Oh man, Trent – you beat me to it! I was just coming back to this post with the above link copy and pasted :-)
at 6:45AM on Oct 18
I love all horror movies — pretty much paranormal anything, actually — and even though the plot lines in this franchise clearly have holes I love them all so much. I don’t watch scary movies for their perfect plots anyway :-) I’m definitely going to check this out in theaters!
at 9:14AM on Sep 24
“I’ll probably never do that shit again” – best.news.ever.
at 10:33AM on Sep 6
Oh my goodness, NPH as Amy’s ex? I LOVE IT! He will play that character perfectly.
I actually like the entire cast they’ve announced so far. I think Tyler Perry is a pretty good actor and I could see him in that role.
at 7:35AM on Jun 28
Yes. Please. Robert Pattinson rumors just need to go away. There are a thousand other actors that would do this so much better and Ian is at the top of my list.