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Anyone know the laws in NJ regarding length of maternity leave employers are required to allow?<br><br>
My sil is telling me that she only gets 30 days before the birth and 30 days after. I don't believe that. Going back to work when your baby is only 5 weeks old? Your milk supply is not even established.<br><br>
BTW, she's a teacher in Hackensack.<br><br>
Anyone know about this?<br><br>
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NJ typically gives you 4 weeks before your due date and 6 weeks after vaginal birth/8 week after c-section under short term disability.<br><br>
Here are the links:<br><a href="http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/preg.html" target="_blank">http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/preg.html</a><br><br>
Short term disability benefits:<br><a href="http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/faq.htm" target="_blank">http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/faq.htm</a><br><br>
As long as you have been employed for 1 year and your employer has at least 50 employees, you can take 12 weeks FMLA. FMLA is unpaid time. Some companies will run STD and FMLA concurrently (first 6 weeks paid and last 6 weeks unpaid) and some will run it separately (6 weeks paid followed by 12 weeks unpaid).<br><br>
Some employers will require a note from a doctor certifying that you need to go out 4 weeks ahead of time before they will pay STD.
 

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FYI, teachers in NJ are NOT eligible for state short term disability, even though we pay into it.<br><br>
She has to look at her contract and see exactly what is allowable in her district. In mine, for example, you can take up to one year (calendar, not school year) unpaid and they will hold your position. You are allowed to use any accrued personal and sick leave time (which can be considerable, since some districts give upwards of 12 days per school year which can then be banked).<br><br>
For example, when I went on leave after DD was born, I had 37 sick days banked. I was able to take a whole month plus and get paid my full salary. I also had my own short-term disability insurance that I pay out of my paycheck for that kicked in a little.
 

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Yes, that's what I was given. Athough, it is 4 weeks before your EDD. I went late, so I actually got more than 4 weeks before, but it was covered as long as my doctor said I needed to be out of work. (and I had issues, so I did need to be out)<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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Yeah- it sucks. I went back to work when DS was 6 weeks and it was tough.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">NJ typically gives you 4 weeks before your due date and 6 weeks after vaginal birth/8 week after c-section under short term disability.<br><br>
Here are the links:<br><a href="http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/preg.html" target="_blank">http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/preg.html</a><br><br>
Short term disability benefits:<br><a href="http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/faq.htm" target="_blank">http://www.state.nj.us/labor/tdi/faq.htm</a><br><br>
As long as you have been employed for 1 year and your employer has at least 50 employees, you can take 12 weeks FMLA. FMLA is unpaid time. Some companies will run STD and FMLA concurrently (first 6 weeks paid and last 6 weeks unpaid) and some will run it separately (6 weeks paid followed by 12 weeks unpaid).<br><br>
Some employers will require a note from a doctor certifying that you need to go out 4 weeks ahead of time before they will pay STD.</div>
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Couldn't have said it better! Though depending on your line of work and/or your pregnancy your doctor may sign you out earlier. I taught gymnastics and children's fitness and was physically unable to do my job... so I actually got 8 weeks before and 6 weeks after.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">FYI, teachers in NJ are NOT eligible for state short term disability, even though we pay into it.<br><br>
She has to look at her contract and see exactly what is allowable in her district. In mine, for example, you can take up to one year (calendar, not school year) unpaid and they will hold your position. You are allowed to use any accrued personal and sick leave time (which can be considerable, since some districts give upwards of 12 days per school year which can then be banked).<br><br>
For example, when I went on leave after DD was born, I had 37 sick days banked. I was able to take a whole month plus and get paid my full salary. I also had my own short-term disability insurance that I pay out of my paycheck for that kicked in a little.</div>
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wow that sucks... why are you not eligible for state disability? sometimes the system amazes me!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">wow that sucks... why are you not eligible for state disability? sometimes the system amazes me!</div>
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I really don't know why. We pay into it at the maximum allowed by state law, yet cannot collect on it. I have to pay separately for my own disability insurance. We also pay the max into state unemployment and are not eligible for that either. It really doesn't seem fair.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I really don't know why. We pay into it at the maximum allowed by state law, yet cannot collect on it. I have to pay separately for my own disability insurance. We also pay the max into state unemployment and are not eligible for that either. It really doesn't seem fair.</div>
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that definitely isn't fair!! and it makes no sense <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: sometimes the system just sucks...
 

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on the teachers issue, many states opt their employees out of their employment protection laws -- could it be a part of that larger problem?<br>
note that nj had a bill to extend family leave and increase the pay for it that came very close to passing last session. check out <a href="http://www.progressivesstates.org/momsrising" target="_blank">www.progressivesstates.org/momsrising</a> for more info.
 

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I know she has to check her contract, but even my DH, who is a state employee with mostly state and some federal benefits and is part of a union, gets FMLA. And NJ law says FMLA is NOT part of any disabilityt benefits, so she should be able to use whatever disability time she has and THEN take FMLA. The only things that run concurrently are using sick or vacation time during FMLA in order to get paid for it, although I *think that can also be done separately if the employer allows it.
 
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