A couple posts back I ranted about mediocre (okay, lousy) maternity leave and having to return to work. I want to take a minute to thank everyone who commented and showed so much support and encouragement. Thank you. I know a lot of you have been in my shoes; my problems are certainly not unique. After mulling it over and discussing our situation with Mr. ATHG, I decided to call human resources and look into taking a couple of more weeks off. I was informed that after my six weeks of short-term disability time was up, I could then tack on some FML (Family Medical Leave) time on, up to an additional six weeks. Well, Mr. ATHG and I had concluded that we could probably afford for me to take two extra weeks off, especially since we weren’t counting on me getting any short-term disability pay (I had previously been informed by co-workers that if you gave birth outside of the contract calendar, you were not eligible for short-term disability). So, I put in the paperwork that would allow me to stay at home with Sweet A for two additional weeks. Hooray!
Unfortunately, after submitting my paperwork, getting all excited about extra time at home, delaying my daycare search (something I’m sure I’ll come to regret) and making plans for visitors, I was contacted by the company that handles our disability. As it turns out, the woman who initially handled my claim messed up, and I am, in fact, not eligible for disability. Apparently I would of had to be employed with the school system for a full year before I was eligible. I was six days shy of making that full year. It was explained that I would have had to have given birth to Sweet A on or after September 1st in order to have qualified (although my official hiring date was August 30th). I was crushed. Granted, the STD pay would have only been for about one week (after the 20-day period was up), but some money is better than no money, right?
Debt be damned, I’m still taking the extra two weeks off.