I work for a medium sized corporation that is doing well. My maternity leave is based on how long I've been with the company. I will get 4 weeks off paid at 100% of my salary plus outstanding commissions. Assuming a natural delivery, I will get an additional 2 weeks paid at 80%. I can take up to 12 weeks off.
I'm okay with my benefits. I've heard much talk about how the United States has a terrible maternity leave policy. I don't think its right that the government pays people to have kids. I think our income tax system is skewed by giving a monetary benefit to those with more dependents. It doesn't take a genius to pop out kids and we don't need to increase our population, so why pay people to have kids?
Since there are a number of Canadians who read my blog, I'm sure they will comment on how they can't believe how little time off we get. I prefer our system because we're not subsidizing everybody else. You just pay for yourself. I prefer to pay lower taxes and take care of myself.