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April411's Avatar April411 12:36 AM 06-08-2009
Hi Ladies,
I'm currently 3 months pregnant. I also have a 4 year old dd and work full time. I know that after dc #2 is born I don't want to return to work. I have a question about family leave. Do I qualify for family leave/ disability if I do not plan on going back to work. I'm in CA and any information would be appreciated. Thanks

rainashine's Avatar rainashine 04:36 PM 06-08-2009
Most family leave in the US is unpaid so I don't think it would matter. If you get paid leave, I think I would not let them know you weren't coming back until a couple weeks before you were due to return. Lots of mamas change their minds about going back after the baby is born.
pumpkin's Avatar pumpkin 04:44 PM 06-08-2009
I wasn't certain what I was going to do. I figured I would go back half-time. I asked HR what would happen if I decided not to come back. I wanted to know if I would have to pay anything back. They said I would simply end my employment on the last day of my leave. I would not have to pay back the short term disability (which I had been paying insurance premiums towards and was entitled to take according to hr) or the health insurance benefits paid by my employer.
When I made the decision to not even come back half-time, they told me to bill out all my sick time and emergency time for the year before officially resigning because they could only issue me a check for the unused vacation. I had not planned on billing any of the sick time since I only worked a partial year, but they told me to take it after the std was over.
filiadeluna's Avatar filiadeluna 04:47 PM 06-08-2009
Most jobs that do provide paid leave require you to return to work (though the length of return time varies), or else requires you to pay back anything you earned while on leave. My work requires you to just return to work - period - no time limit, so if I can possibly find another job (can't afford to not work at all) before I go back, I will return to work for just a day so I won't have to pay back the paid leave money I received.

If it's unpaid leave (FMLA), it really doesn't matter, because all that does is offer you job protection, i.e. they can't fire you for being out after giving birth unless you go beyond the allowable time frame.
kirstenb's Avatar kirstenb 05:10 PM 06-08-2009
In CA you do get paid family leave:
http://www.edd.ca.gov/Disability/Paid_Family_Leave.htm

I most likely won't be going back to work after this baby is born. From what I understand employment ends when you let them know you aren't coming back, but I'll verify with my HR to check to see if I have to pay anything back if I don't return. It's pretty common where I work to leave during your leave. I'll apply for CA paid leave as well.
zoeyzoo's Avatar zoeyzoo 06:26 PM 06-08-2009
In CA the money comes from disability (36weeks until 6-8 weeks after) and then FMLA. You paid into this plan so you don't have to pay it back.
April411's Avatar April411 03:27 PM 06-14-2009
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In CA the money comes from disability (36weeks until 6-8 weeks after) and then FMLA. You paid into this plan so you don't have to pay it back.
But do I still qualify if I tell them that I'm not coming back? What should I say if they ask me? I am a teacher at a small preschool so I want to give them a chance to find another teacher.
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