I thought that we had timed things well.
I am currently on an 8 week leave of absence (FMLA) for hyperemesis gravidarum.
This baby is due 12/27. After the birth, I was planning to take 6 weeks off for pregnancy disability and then 12 weeks off for FMLA (bonding). Total of 18 weeks in 2012.
I work for a large company and the policy is 12 weeks FMLA per calendar year.
However, just got a notice in the mail that effective 9/1/11 they are switching from calendar year to "year rolling backward". so that means 12 weeks max FMLA in any 12 mos period. And I've already used 8 weeks for being sick. Called the benefits dept and the supervisor said yes, that means I can take 6 weeks off after baby is born. 6 weeks vs 18 weeks!
I knew that I would be sick this pregnancy b/c I had hyperemesis with my son 5 years ago and this past fall with a baby I lost. Took the timing into consideration b/f becoming pg so that it would be 2 different calendar years.
I'm so bummed. I want to keep my job. Currently I work 4 days/wk. Was planning to go back 3 days/wk after maternity leave.
I cannot send a 6 week old to day care!
I think this is really not fair. I was crying on the phone to the benefits supervisor. She stated it's a company policy change, blah, blah, blah.
I am returning to work next week. I am better, but still sick.