Crappy Maternity leave!

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by GeauxNursing GeauxNursing Member Nurse

Specializes in Dialysis.

So I researched today about how I get my maternity leave squared away. Turns out, my company doesn't have "sick time" anymore. Used to be you could use all your sick time, then use your PTO to get your full compensation while away with a new baby.

To now get compensated for the allowed (up to) 12 weeks, you have to file with STD, which is only 60% of pay. Use PTO for the first 7 days, then start getting a disability check. Pay your benefits monthly to an outside company so you don't lose your insurance.

I had thought that I could just use my PTO and be done with it, get my 100% pay for 8 weeks. Not bother with the FMLA stuff. Once I found out I had to use STD, I then figured I could use PTO to supplement. Nope, can't do that either. Then I figured I would just cash out ALL of my PTO at the first of the year and just get a big check. Nope, can't do that because they just put a cap on how many hours we can cash out yearly.

So basically, I can;t touch my PTO while I'm on leave! I worked for it, earned it, why can't I use it when I really need it?

Grrr, so stupid and I don't get it.:mad::mad::mad:

WindyhillBSN

WindyhillBSN

Specializes in Telemetry/Cardiac Floor. 383 Posts

Sounds like where I used to work...I'm at a great place now!

Guest505077

Guest505077

69 Posts

Sounds like where I used to work...I'm at a great place now!

Can I ask where you work now?

Flo., BSN, RN

Specializes in Developmental Disabilites,. Has 7 years experience. 571 Posts

Do you work for HCA?

nurseryRN14

nurseryRN14

40 Posts

Where I work, I had a month until I made a year to get paid for maternity leave. I knew I wouldnt make it. Anyway, I saved my PTO and we can use all sick time, so that is what I did. It wasnt much, but it helped. Plus, I had saved up alot of money because I knew the baby was coming. I work in DC.

BOOYARN

BOOYARN

Has 8 years experience. 119 Posts

hca is a horrible employer!

HouTx, BSN, MSN, EdD

Specializes in Critical Care, Education. Has 35 years experience. 9,051 Posts

I am pretty sure you must be dealing with company-specific rules, because other organizations definitely don't do the same thing. I'm not shocked though - in today's economy, with an overabundance of nurses, many organizations are really taking advantage. FYI - in my organization, you would be able to draw down on your PTO before tapping into other sources.