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Maternity leave/Unemployment benefits in Kentucky

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1,540 words with 2 Comments; publish: Fri, 17 Jun 2005 11:14:00 GMT; (80062.50, « »)

I was advised by my boss today that they would give me two weeks paid leave and then I could draw unemployment until I was ready to return to work. Is it possible to draw unemployment due to temporary lay off because of maternity leave. We are a small company (25 employees) and FMLA does not apply. The company is claiming that they cannot afford to pay me for a full six weeks leave. Please help, I don't want to assume that it is ok to accept this deal and then get screwed! Thanks in advance!

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    • The company is not required to pay you any money nor give you the time off. As far as unemployment is concerned, you will not be eligible as a person who draws unemployment must be ready to work and actively be seeking work.
      #1; Fri, 17 Jun 2005 11:32:00 GMT
    • I don't want to assume that it is ok to accept this deal and then get screwed! If your employer is offering you two weeks of paid maternity leave, it's a gift so take it. There is no downside to your accepting it since they aren't obligated to provide you with any leave time at all - even unpaid leave. And as Lillian pointed out, you won't be eligible for unemployment benefits. At a minimum. a claimant has to be physically capable and available for work. If you're temporarily disabled due to your pregnancy and giving birth, then you don't qualify for UC benefits. (Plus, you won't be out of work for a reason that would qualify either.) It sounds like whichever manager told you that you could receive UC benefits while you're off work simply doesn't understand the criteria on which the State grants unemployment.
      #2; Fri, 17 Jun 2005 12:15:00 GMT