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Company reniging on maternity leave payout structure - California

Hello, my company pays 100% of my maternity for 12 weeks. Initially I was told the process is for me to submit my state pay stubs at whatever frequency I'd like and my company would pay the difference to ensure I received 100% of my income. Last week I casually sent my HR department a note and they told me they can no longer honor that policy and won't pay the 100% until I return from maternity leave. Is there any laws to protect me in this situation? It's creating both stress and financial hardships.

Fairygodboss member Cristin_Hazel

  • Fairygodboss member

    I'm so sorry you are going through this! You deserve the time to bond with your new baby, not worry about money and how your employer is managing your paychecks. If there are > 50 employees, your employer is required to fulfill certain CA laws. If you are in San Francisco and have been at your employer for more than 6 or 12 months, I'm pretty sure they do have to make sure you receive 100% pay

  • Fairygodboss member

    Are you saying that that they first said they would honor any discrepancy between state disability payments and your salary but now will not until your return to work? Unfortuantely since there's no law saying your employer has to pay for any part of your maternity leave, this is probably totally legal. However, if someone told you they would do something differently they may feel badly if you complain about how financially difficult this makes things for you - do you have that original agreement in writing, for example?

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