The Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA) guarantees we can take twelve weeks off from work to have a baby or care for a sick relative, and that our job will still be there when we come back. It does not, of course, guarantee pay during such a leave. That’s a benefit, and different employers offer different versions if they offer anything at all.
Xy’s employer, the Algiers Charter School Association, offers a partial disability plan with 60% pay for six weeks. She plans to take the rest of the school year off, so she’ll have a couple or three weeks with no pay, and then the summer off as usual.
By contrast, my employer allows me to cash in my accumulated vacation days and sick days. Therefore I’m taking a three month leave, with full pay.
It’s hard to imagine going back to work right now. Staying home means I can sleep according to our newborn child’s schedule. As I remarked to a friend yesterday, I feel better rested now than I have in years. But if I was going to work, I’d be a wreck.
So I’m glad for the benefit. But somehow it doesn’t seem right that Dad gets a better deal than Mom.