FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Are you going to have a baby soon? Do you have doubts about what to expect once you have to be off work? Please read answers to the most frequently asked questions.
- Does Southside ISD offer Maternity/Paternity Leave?
Southside ISD uses Family Medical Leave (FML) and Temporary Disability Leave (TDL) for time off of work due to maternity/paternity. Visit the FML or TDL pages to learn more about each type of leave. How long you can stay off of work depends on the type of leave you are on.
- When should I apply for leave if I am expecting a baby?
About 1 month before your due date (or earlier if you are experiencing complications and will be ordered to bed rest by your doctor), please complete the Leave of Absence Request form and contact the Benefits Specialist for assistance.
- Is Maternity Leave paid?
FML and TDL are both unpaid leaves. However, Southside ISD requires that all employees use all available compensable time (state, local, vacation) while out on any form of leave (except when your leave is due to an injury at work).
- What happens when I run out of paid leave days while I’m out on leave?
The District will calculate a final paycheck for you, known as a “pay-out.” The remainder of your maternity leave will be unpaid and you will not receive a paycheck from the District until you return to work. Upon your return to work, your salary will get recalculated based on the # of work days and pay dates remaining in the school year.
- If I do not receive a paycheck, what will happen to my insurance benefits?
If you do not receive a paycheck or your pay is insufficient to make the premium deductions, you will be directly billed for any premiums due. Payments must be made timely to avoid cancellation of benefits due to non-payment.
- I have disability insurance as one of my benefits. Will I get paid?
If you enrolled in the disability insurance before you became pregnant, you should file a claim 30 days before your leave is scheduled to begin. Any benefits payable to you will come from The Hartford.
- Is my baby automatically covered on my medical plan?
If you are enrolled in a TRS-ActiveCare medical plan your newborn will be automatically covered for the first 31 days only. To add coverage beyond the first 31 days, you must sign, date, and submit the Medical Change Form, and supporting documentation to the office of Benefits & Leave within 31 days after the birth. Medical Change Forms submitted after the enrollment window will be denied.
- Is there a support program to help foster a healthy pregnancy?
Yes. If you are enrolled in a TRS-ActiveCare medical plan, please call 1-800-272-3531 to learn about the Aetna Beginning Right Maternity program.
- Can I take off work longer than FML or TDL allows if I want a longer maternity leave?
Once your doctor releases you, there is no additional time off, paid or unpaid, beyond what your particular leave type allows.
- What if I am on leave the maximum length of time and cannot or will not return to work?
Please contact the Human Resources Department.
If you still have questions or concerns about maternity/paternity leave, please contact the office of Benefits and Leave. We are happy to help you.