Here's the situation. I am currently 8 months pregnant and I have been talking with my HR manager about our maternity leave plan (STD). I was under the impression that because another co-worker who is currently on maternity leave was given 3 months that I would be extended the same amount of time. She informed me that I was intitled to only 6 weeks maternity leave as opposed to the 3 months given to another co-worker. When I inquired about how much time you got for vaginal/c-section deliveries she told me 6 weeks for vag. and 8 weeks for c-section. However, in our STD handbook it states that you are eligible for up to 13 weeks at 70% of your salary. I asked the co-worker currently on leave how she was able to get 3 months off and she said that she's working on a "modified schedule" and has not taken maternity leave. BTW, when I say maternity leave I do mean STD as we do not have a seperate maternity leave policy. Our handbook doesn't have a section for maternity and although I've sent them a request to explain in further detail I have yet to hear back from them (2days now). Can you tell me if what the company is doing is right/fair as far as letting one employee get basically 3 months and only allowing me 6 weeks? Thankfully I have accrued a weeks worth of time plus 2 floating holidays (2 days) so this will bring me to 7 weeks and 2 days.
This may sound crazy but I'm hoping for a c-section in order to get more time off...I just don't think it's fair IMO for her to be allowed to work on a modified schedule and then only give me 6 weeks.