|Quoting mjoelnir (Reply 91):|
Could you perhaps show us that all airlines have the same policy.
Here is AA
A. A flight crewmember who becomes pregnant must immediately, on becoming aware of such pregnancy, provide AA
with written notice. The notice will include a written statement from her doctor specifying the expected date of delivery and stating her ability to continue to fly or inability to fly due to her physical condition. The written notice will be given to her Chief Pilot.
B. A flight crewmember may be permitted to continue her job duties until the end of the second trimester of pregnancy (approximately 24 weeks) if she satisfies the following flight safety requirements:
1. The flight crewmember must provide AA
with a written statement from her personal physician indicating whether, in their opinion, the crewmember’s pregnancy is a normal, doctor- supervised pregnancy and she is capable of safely performing her job duties.
2. The flight crewmember must remain under the continued care of a physician so long as she continues to fly while pregnant.
3. The flight crewmember must notify AA
immediately of any change in her medical condition which might affect her ability to perform her duties.
C. For reasons of safety, AA
may at any time, require a pregnant flight crewmember who continues to fly to submit to a medical examination by the AA
Medical Department to determine her continued ability to perform her duties. In the event that the Medical Department finds that she is no longer able to perform her duties, she will be placed on Sick Leave (SL) or Sick Leave of Absence- Maternity (SLOA), whichever is applicable.
D. If, at any time during the first two trimesters of pregnancy, the flight crewmember’s personal physician determines that she is unable to perform her duties because of her condition or the medical treatment thereof, she will be placed on SL
or SLOA, whichever is applicable. This decision will be reviewed and/or confirmed by AA
Medical Department for final approval.
E. A pregnant flight crewmember will not be permitted to continue her job duties after a date 90 days prior to her expected date of delivery.
F. A flight crewmember is eligible for SL
benefits for reasons of pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions as described below:
1. A flight crewmember who has accrued SL
will be eligible to be paid SL
to the extent of her SL
accrual, with corresponding deductions from such accrued SL
until it is exhausted.
2. When accrued SL
has been exhausted, the flight crewmember will be placed on SLOA.
3. When on SLOA, a flight crewmember is eligible for Group Life and Health Benefits as well as disability as provided in the Working Agreement.
and SLOA shall commence as described above and shall continue until the crewmember is no longer disabled. A maximum period of six weeks after birth will be allowed under normal circumstances.
H. Medical complications following the delivery which result in continuing disability shall be the only exception recognized that would permit the extension of a SLOA beyond six weeks after delivery.
I. Six weeks after birth, or prior to returning to duty, whichever is sooner, it will be the responsibility of the flight crewmember to make an appointment with the American Airlines Medical Department to obtain medical clearance for flight duty.
J. If the mother’s health permits her to return to work six weeks after delivery, but in the interests of the health of the child it is advisable that return to work be postponed, the SLOA may be converted to a Personal Leave. The provisions of Section 19 of the Working Agreement shall govern requests for a leave under this paragraph.
K. The flight crewmember’s personal physician must provide the American Airlines Medical Department with prompt written notice of the date of delivery or termination of the pregnancy in any other manner.
L. Prior to the expiration of a Personal Leave of Absence, SL
, or SLOA, a flight crewmember must give the Company written notice of her intent to return to work and shall return to work on a date established by the Company. Failure to return to work on the date established shall be deemed a voluntary termination of employment.
M. A flight crewmember returning from leave must meet the Company’s current crewmember standards and qualifications requirements before being permitted to return to line status.