Short Term Disability and FMLA

Discussion in 'UPS Discussions' started by Goober, May 19, 2010.

  1. Goober

    Goober New Member

    Hi, I need to know exactly what I need to do to set up time off for pregnancy (as a part time employee). I have been trying to figure out what I need to do all afternoon and am getting no where- I'm sure because they want you to screw up so they don't have to pay out.

    How can you give 30 day notice for FMLA is you don't know when you will need it and who does that need to be submitted to?

    Being part-time, do I only get 6 weeks FMLA? So if I am put on bed rest prior to my birth, then what? I just run out of time and lose my insurance?? Or potentially have to go back to work before the birth? What are your options if you medically need more time than that?

    Does the short term disability and FMLA have to be taken concurrently?

    I am so frustrated- the HR person is only around in my building sometimes and I have no idea when and no way to contact...I'm getting to the point where I really can't do my job anymore but my due date is about 8 weeks away. I would like to try to work like 2 more weeks and after that my doctor wants me done- so potentially I could be out of FMLA before I even give birth!? And what about afterward? I have a good chance of having a c-section...what about recovery time for that?
  2. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    Assuming you are a union employee, Look in the National Master, and your regional Supplement, and search the Internet for federal and state laws regarding both FMLA and pregnancy leave. Also dig out your health plan's Summary Plan Description (SPD) booklet.

    The FMLA website is here . . .

    Get the FMLA form from your Human Resources person or through your supervisor or from the website and have your doctor fill it out. Then you can take the time as you need it. It's flexible.
    National Master:

    Partial Supplements:

    If it's a boy, you're not planing on calling him Goober are you? :happy2:
  3. cachsux

    cachsux Wah

    I would think you could use ST Dis for the period after that.
  4. UPSGUY72

    UPSGUY72 Well-Known Member

    call your HR rep they have all the info you need
  5. fxdwg

    fxdwg Member

    Contact your Sup and center manager if he/she is not being responsive. Arrange a time to meet with the HR person and ask all your questions. I'm positive that they will help you. Happy Baby!!!!:happy-very:
  6. TechGrrl

    TechGrrl Space Cadet

    YOUR management boss should know exactly how to set this up, and which forms need to be filled out. You can't be the first woman in your operation that ever had a baby!
    Be aware that they want you to take all but one week of your vacation to have the baby, then use FMLA. Since FMLA time is UNPAID, this probably is something you would do anyway.
    Keep bugging your boss until he/she does their damn job...or at least gets HR to do theirs.
  7. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    Fxdwg said: "No offense, new Mom, but get some good info and leads, but no one on BC can officially answer your question."

    Why would you say that?

    The informatition I quoted from the Teamster Contract, and the FMLA website are the official sources for information. These are where HR representatives get their information.

    Read these three items from the FMLA website, for example, and tell us what you think is wrong with the information in them?

    FMLA poster:

    FMLA application form:

    FMLA rules:
  8. fxdwg

    fxdwg Member

    Something as important as this needs to go thru HR.
    No offense to you, but you realize that whatever advice we give her will not be binding.
    Just a caution
  9. Goober

    Goober New Member

    Oh I get that, but yesterday I had no luck getting a hold of ANYONE and I wanted to get a start. I haven't seen my HR person in the building for quite awhile (although I haven't stopped by during the day because I work a different job as well), my center manager wasn't around, couldn't get a hold of anyone at the Local (meetings), couldn't get through on AETNA disability phone # after 6 tries....

    The thing is, I am having twins. That means I can't possibly work as long as I could with just one baby coming. I'm almost the size of 37 weeks, but I'm not even 29 weeks along yet. My doctor says about 2 more weeks and she wants me not working anymore (so when I am the size of full term with one). The due date ios a bit more up in the air with twins because they tend to come early.

    So my problem basically is- if I only get 6 weeks of FMLA and have to use it at 30 weeks per my doctor, I could easily be out of FMLA time before they are born, or right when they are born. So I just wonder if I can use disability for whatever amount of time I am allowed (I have no idea and couldn't get through on the phone), then use FLMA for whatever extra time I need. I have 2 weeks of vacation remaining for the year- one is scheduled in early July and that's about when they are expected anyway and the other week is in September sometime. I just need to figure out how I can get the time off that I need both before and after they are born. With twins, I also have a higher likelihood of a c-section so that would be even more time to recover. I'm concerned about being dropped from insurance because it seems like it happens to EVERYONE. I really need to have the insurance continue, especially for their birth and the higher chance of two in NICU!

    I just feel like I'm going to have to choose between working beyond what my doctor recommends (and thus increase my chances of pre-term birth and extended stay in NICU) or losing my insurance/running out of time off available. You don't get any extra time for having twins, but you need it.
  10. RoyalFlush

    RoyalFlush One of Them

    All the information and forms needed for FMLA are posted on Go to UPSers, type FMLA in the search box in the upper right corner of the page.

    You can also call the benefits help line at 1-800-UPS-1508.

    Normally an FLMA request has to be made in writing and the request has to be certified medically necessary by a physician.

    The company is required to follow the law, but there are certain items that the employee must do also.

    In your case, it seems that disability would cover you until the birth and birth recovery. FMLA would cover you for time missed to care for the new born child.

    If you follow the process as posted on UPSers you shouldn't have any problems with FMLA, but call the benefits number to get guidance on which items are covered under disability and FMLA.
  11. JonFrum

    JonFrum Member

    Goober, UPS must maintain your health coverage during your FMLA leave.

    If pregnancy is considered a Short Term Disability, does your Contract Supplement say UPS must continue making hourly contributions into your health fund for up to four weeks of disability?