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[Comments] (2) The Golden State: Yesterday I met with both our (interim) HR director and my doctor to discuss when and how I can take my maternity leave. Not only am I eligible for FMLA, but California has FOUR other types of leave I can take, two of which are paid. I even have just enough sick time to cover one of the waiting periods. Since all the leave I'm planning to take will be covered by the state, I've decided to take 2 (of the 4 alloted) weeks off before my due date.

I'm not naive enough to think this is free; we pay state disability taxes. But I am smart enough to go back to work after Beet arrives so that I can get the most out of my tax money in the meantime. It may be expensive to live here, but you can't beat getting paid to spend time with your baby! Not every company gives full paid leave like John gets.


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