I've been planning on being able to only take a six week leave after my LO is born! I'm sad I only have the six weeks, but I work part/time & didn't really expect my employer to let me have anymore then what the law requires (even though I work for a HEALTH CARE company)!
Yesterday I received my leave of absence papers in the mail, and on top is written "Four weeks only"!!! I thought there must have been a mistake, or they were just letting me know how many of those six weeks will be paid time off. (I only have about 4 weeks of PTO saved).
I called the HR office this morning to see what they meant by "Four weeks only", and because I filled out the Leave of absence papers for a tonsillectomy in May 2007, I only have four weeks of medical leave left! The part that is nuts is.... I never ended up taking ANY time off for my tonsillectomy. I filled out the paperwork as a 'just in case' and arranged my schedule so I worked my required hours and didn't use any PTO. I felt great and went back to work before my two weeks was up.
Their rebuttal was, "you filled out the paperwork, and your job was secure in case you needed the extra time off".
WHAT??? Remember I work for a health care provider!!! and even though I only work part/time & don't qualify for a FMLA medical leave (by about 100 hours), I have worked for this company for eight years!!!
I am so upset & have been crying all morning. I was able to take 12 weeks off w/Dd, and it was SO hard to leave my three month old to go back to work. I can't even imagine how upset I'll be when I'm having to leave my FOUR week old baby!!!!