How long do I get off work when my child is born?

I am currently 37 weeks pregnant. I have a c-section scheduled in 2 weeks and have had the fmla paperwork completed, turned in and approved since july. I have since only used one day of fmla where my employer sent me to my doctor for feeling light-headed and dizzy..so I took the rest of that day off. I was under the impression that I had 12 weeks that I was entitled to take after my baby was born but today HR says no. She said that they go by what the doctor writes on the paperwork for when I can return to work. I thought that what the doctor put for returning to work only affected my short term disability pay. For example..if my doctor says I can return to work in 6 weeks..I would receive the short term disability pay up until that point but still have an additional 6 weeks that I could take unpaid. I didn't think that that meant I would HAVE to go back to work in 6 weeks. How long am I allowed to take after the birth of my child???

1 answer  |  asked Nov 25, 2014 3:20 PM [EST]  |  applies to Ohio

Answers (1)

David Neel
You get 12 weeks. You should advise your employer that you want to exercise your FMLA rights for the birth of your child.

posted by David Neel  |  Dec 17, 2014 08:34 AM [EST]

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