I live in New Jersey and my estimated date of delivery is August 7, 2009. I just wanted to know if I understand the maternity leave laws in New Jersey correctly, paid and unpaid, job protection and all the short term disability, family paid leave law, etc. I am a fulltime employee at a company that has 50+ employees. We don’t have a paid maternity leave but we do have a TDI private plan which is similar to the NJ state version.
Based from my research, is it true that I can potentially have a maternity leave of 24 weeks (6 months) both paid and unpaid? This is how I came to this calculation:
FMLA law: 12 weeks out of a 12 months for your own disability
I can use my 4 weeks before due date & 6-8 weeks after for normal or ceasarian so that’s about 10 – 12 weeks potentially, so I will be using our Temporary Disability Benefits/Short Term Disability so this will all be paid 2/3 of my salary
NJ FLA law: 12 weeks out of 24 months to care for or bond with child
Corzine passed the new law of NJ Family Leave Act where I could get paid for 6 weeks 2/3 of my salary.
The other 6 weeks will be unpaid or I will use any remaining vacation/sick time I have.
Please let me know if I am correct in my assumptions. I just want to make sure my job is protected and that I used the maximum time off? I may not take all 6 months but I just wanted to understand in case I do need to take that much time off.
PS: I don't want to ask our HR person because let's just say he is a jack of all trades in that he hold a lot of different positions in that he wont really be truthful or doesn't answer my questions straightforward. So he isn't really "there for the employee". Thanks.