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Question for CA moms (regarding mat. leave)! Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12

Okay, so this is my first child and first time going through this. I work for the State of CA, so I qualify for PFL, FMLA, and CFRA with SDI & EDD compensating. I get the whole nine yards, but there's one thing I'm lost on and need clarification on before making a decision as to when my last day at work will be.



This is my understanding of how it will work...



I'm due on 3/13/13. If my last day at work is 36 wks exactly, I will begin the 7 day SDI waiting period (with no pay) on 2/13/13. I will begin earning SDI pay on 2/20/13 and will continue to earn that SDI pay until she's born, regardless if she's on time, early, or late. Is that correct?



That's my biggest question here. If I go out of work at exactly 36 weeks and she's, let's say 2 weeks late (hypothetically), will I be paid through SDI for that "extended" time? Will I be paid from 2/20 until she's born on 3/27 (if she's 2 weeks late)? My fear is that I will be cut off from SDI pay once they've paid for 3 or 4 full weeks (meaning 3/13 or 3/20).



Strangely enough, I work in HR and have asked my supervisor about this (who is supposed to know all this stuff) and she didn't even know that you could be written out at 36 wks. SERIOUSLY? So she was of no help. I've tried calling SDI and EDD to get clarification, but they're lines are ALWAYS sooooo busy that they say they can't take any more callers and it just says "Goodbye" and hangs up on you.



Any info and/or experiences with this will be EXTREMELY helpful and appreciated. Thanks!

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12

This is a legit concern of mine because my OB keeps telling me I'm probably gonna have her a week or so late and my mom had both me and my sister over a week late.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55029 posts
status 21st Dec '12

You only get that certain time, regardless of when your kid is born

I don't think you will get the "extended time" if she is late.

Ronnie RadKat 3 kids; Arizona 21134 posts
status 21st Dec '12

As far as I know it is not extended. I know fmla is a total of 12wks, if you take 6 before baby is born you'll only have 6 left after baby is born.

Mamas 1144 Due March 12; 1 child; Kilgore, Texas 249 posts
21st Dec '12

You only get paid for 6 weeks but you can take up to 12 depending on how long and how many hours you've worked for a company. So you will receive money for 6 weeks starting from the last day of work. At least I think so, I'm pretty sure that how mine worked

Ronnie RadKat 3 kids; Arizona 21134 posts
status 21st Dec '12

From what I'm reading its available 4wks prior and up to 6wks after but only if you are not getting fmla pay at the same time. Any way you can just stay at work a couple weeks longer?

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" You only get that certain time, regardless of when your kid is born I don't think you will get the "extended time" if she is late."


Then why is it customary for your doctor to write you out of work at 36 weeks? That's what's confusing to me. Why would they write you out if you're perfectly healthy and you're only alotted 3 weeks of SDI pay and if she's late, you've either gotta get no pay for however late she is, go back to work, or use your accrued leave to supplement?

I can't seem to find a straight answer anywhere other than what people think. And EDD and SDI are IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of. I'm so frustrated.

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12
Quoting Spencer Pratt:" As far as I know it is not extended. I know fmla is a total of 12wks, if you take 6 before baby is born you'll only have 6 left after baby is born."


I'm not worried about FMLA at all. We get CFRA to run after FMLA runs out. And our jobs are protected regardless of FMLA or CFRA. It's just that I'd have a break in health benefits if I ran out of the two, which I'm not concerned about that happening.

I'm only concerned about the SDI pay.

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12
Quoting Mamas 1144:" You only get paid for 6 weeks but you can take up to 12 depending on how long and how many hours you've ... [snip!] ... will receive money for 6 weeks starting from the last day of work. At least I think so, I'm pretty sure that how mine worked"


Are you talking about from my last day of work or from when she's born? It sounds like you mean from when she's born.

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55029 posts
status 21st Dec '12
Quoting Tανη [CNL]:" Then why is it customary for your doctor to write you out of work at 36 weeks? That's what's confusing ... [snip!] ... a straight answer anywhere other than what people think. And EDD and SDI are IMPOSSIBLE to get a hold of. I'm so frustrated."



It's NOT customary for your doc to write you out of work at 36 weeks.

Everyone I know has worked until 39 weeks or until they went into labor. If you are having a fine pregnancy, there is no reason to leave work that early

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12
Quoting Kelly&Coralie:" It's NOT customary for your doc to write you out of work at 36 weeks. Everyone I know has worked ... [snip!] ... until 39 weeks or until they went into labor. If you are having a fine pregnancy, there is no reason to leave work that early"


Maybe it's different in New York, but in California, it's customary. My coworker just went through all this last year. She was customarily written out of work at 36 weeks. Unfortunately, her son was also born the next day (unexpectedly), so she never figured out if she would've continued to get SDI pay if he were late. I'm fairly certain that the NY customs and laws are different than here. The basics are the same, but there are many differences. I've read that it is GREAT to be a pregnant woman in California because of our maternity leave rights here.

These City Walls 1 child; San Diego, California 2605 posts
21st Dec '12

OP, you will get disability regardless of whether they are late. Then you'll get 6 or 8 weeks after the birth of the baby.

These City Walls 1 child; San Diego, California 2605 posts
21st Dec '12

I chose to work until 2 weeks before my due date but was told I could go out 4 weeks before and they would pay up until the birth (minus the 7 day waiting period) and then 6 or 8 weeks after (for disability).

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12

Quoting Spencer Pratt:" From what I'm reading its available 4wks prior and up to 6wks after but only if you are not getting fmla pay at the same time. Any way you can just stay at work a couple weeks longer?"



But you're not paid by FMLA. The only thing FMLA does is protect your job and health benefits.



It seems like some of you may be confused as to California

Alba's Mommy 1 child; 1 angel baby; Sacramento, California 4689 posts
21st Dec '12
Quoting These City Walls:" OP, you will get disability regardless of whether they are late. Then you'll get 6 or 8 weeks after the birth of the baby. "


Lol, just saw this after posting that long one. But, THANK YOU! Lol. That's what I thought I was understanding, but I wanted to see if someone else actually knew since I can't get a hold of EDD or SDI.