Family leave is often an issue that couples face as the economy picks up and the cost of raising a child rises.
But when it comes to taking care of your newborn baby, there’s no such thing as a “right” to leave.
While some companies offer paid maternity leave, many don’t, and that’s something many couples need to be aware of.
What is Family Leave?
There are three types of paid leave for employees: Paid leave for full-time employees (the most common is the seven-day paid holiday).
When the employer offers full- or part-time employment, employees must choose between two types of leave: Full-time: The company provides full- and part-day unpaid leave (including the seven day paid holiday) to employees who have completed at least six months of full-year employment (this includes full-timers).
The company also provides full and part time unpaid leave to employees who have completed at least six months of full-years employment.
There is no federal minimum wage or paid vacation time for part-timing workers (these can be paid under the Family and Medical Leave Act).
For employees who are employed full time (or have been continuously employed for six months or more), the company may provide a minimum time off of at or above their job (depending on the type of job and employer).
Part-time workers or employees who receive their wages from another company (such as an agency) may be eligible for paid maternity or paternity leave.
Paid Family Leave Employers must pay at least one week of paid family leave to all employees (up to a maximum of 12 weeks) who are at least 50 years old.
The minimum paid family leave is 2 weeks per employee.
However, employers can provide more flexible time for employees to take the part-time or full-day leave they need at a maximum of 18 weeks per year.
If you are not a full-time or part time employee, you can take the full day off of your leave if you are not working at all for one week (or up to 2 months).
How Much Can I Take? Companies can offer a variety of separation from your job.
For example, if an employee is on leave and your family is coming home from work, you can offer to take one day off to care for the baby.
You can also offer up to three days of flexibility to employees during their absence and for up to two years.
While full and part time leave can be taken in any number of ways, the standard separator for family leave is a three-week leave period for a parent or an active parent, whichever is longer.
To provider paid maternity or parental leave to your employees, there is a three year minimum salary required for any employee who provides at most 6 months of years of employment to an employer in your state.
This minimum wage is set at $11.80 per hour and includes a $3,000 payroll tax credit.
How to Choose Between Paid Family Leave and Part Time Leave (also known as Paid Parental Leave)There are a number of options available for employers to help employants better understand what they need to consider when deciding when to take paid family and parental leave.
The options for companies vary widely, and the options are designed to ensure that you can afford the benefits and minimize the cost of family leave for your family and your job. Employees can take up to two months of part time leave per year (up to 4 weeks) depending on the company where you work.
A parent or active parent can choose to take three months of paid family and part timeleave per year.
Some companies offer paid parential leave or a separated leave plan that includes the option to provide a three year period of a paid leave package (which includes up two weeks of leave per year).