Q. What is maternity sick leave?
A. Maternity sick leave can be used only for pregnancy, childbirth, recovery from childbirth, or miscarriage. Childbirth is considered to be a “disability” and therefore sick leave days are used for this type of leave. Sick days cannot be used for child care.
Q. How do I apply for a Maternity Sick Leave?
A. At least two months prior to the birth of your baby, submit a Leave of Absence application available on the District website. Obtain a note from your physician stating that you are under his/her care, the approximate due date of the baby, and the need for a disability leave. Attach the note to the form and send it the personnel office.
Q. How many weeks can I take for maternity sick leave?
A. Maternity leave is granted for approximately six weeks after the baby is born in a normal delivery, or up to eight weeks with a Caesarian delivery. The length of the maternity leave can be extended if there are complications with the pregnancy and/or delivery.
Q. What happens if I run out of accumulated sick days?
A. If you do not have enough sick days for the entire maternity sick leave, you will go on an extended illness leave. The District will subtract the cost of the substitute teacher from your daily rate of pay. This is called differential pay. (You determine your daily rate of pay by dividing your annual salary by 185 -- the number of days in the contractual school year.)
Q. Can I take state disability?
A. Teachers do not get state disability. Four weeks of paid maternity leave before the birth of a baby is another aspect of State Disability insurance. Teacher are not eligible for that benefit. Teachers who have purchased income protection from the CTA Group Disability Plan through UnumProvident prior to their pregnancy will receive 75% of their daily rate of pay after they have run out of sick days. They also receive $25 a day beginning with the 7th day of leave, even if they are still using their sick leave days.
Q. If I have sick leave days left over at the end of my maternity sick leave, can I use them to extend my leave?
A. No, you can use your sick days only for the length of the maternity sick leave. You are out on maternity sick leave only for the length of time your doctor has determined you will be disabled and unable to work.
Q. How do I get more time off from work once my maternity sick leave has ended?
A. Your other leave options are Family Health Care Leave and/or Unpaid Child Care Leave. If you are certain that you will be requesting either one or both of these two leaves, please notify Marla Entwistle at the District office at the same time you request the Maternity Sick Leave.
You may take an unpaid Family Health Care Leave for up to 12 weeks at the conclusion of your maternity sick leave if you have worked for the district for at least 12 months and 1,250 hours immediately prior to the date the leave is to commence. While you don’t receive any pay, you will be allowed to receive health benefits at the same level that you were covered before you went on leave. You must be certain that you will return to the District after taking the Family Health Care Leave. If you do not return, you will owe CUSD the District’s portion of the health insurance for the weeks you took the Family Health Care Leave.
The second option is to take an Unpaid Child Care Leave during which you will receive no salary and no benefits paid by the District, but you have the option of taking a longer leave than allowed under the Family Health Care Leave. You may pay the total monthly premiums (your portion plus the district’s portion) yourself in order to maintain your health insurance while you are on this type of leave. You may apply to take an unpaid child care leave for part of a school year, for the remainder of a school year, and/or for the entire following school year.
Q. Do I have the right to return to my same assignment at the conclusion of any leave I take?
A. You have the right to return to the same assignment if you are out on Maternity Sick Leave or Family Health Care Leave. However, if your maternity leave combined with the unpaid leave lasts longer than a semester you are not guaranteed the right to return to your same position but would be placed in an assignment appropriate to your credential.
Q. I have a job-share contract, how does maternity sick leave affect me?
A. If you are out on a Maternity Sick Leave, your partner must substitute for you at his/her per diem rate. However, if you are out for more than a semester, the partnership will be dissolved and your partner will be required to teach full-time for the remainder of the school year.
Q. Who do I contact at the District office for further information?
A. Contact Marla Entwistle at 949-234-9363 or by email .
Q. Who do I contact at the CUEA office?
A. Call us at 900-2280 or email Julie Gallups .