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Survey - how does your company do with maternity leave?

Posted By: TTC on 2009-03-25
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I am contemplating trying to get pregnant within the year, and I am wondering how all the MTSOs take to maternity leave.  I am afraid if I get pregnant, my company might find a way to get rid of me before having to cover my maternity leave.  Any advise or ideas would be appreciated.  Thanks.

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Maternity leave
I would imagine you would have to be employed by them for a while before they would pay you for maternity leave.  I am not ragging on anyone but I don't understand how someone can expect to look to work for a new company pregnant and expect them to pay you while you are off work, how are they supposed to make any money?  I can see if you have been with them for a year or so,  but to me that is asking for a bit much.  You could not even go to a hospital or clinic and expect that.   If you had a babysitter or a nanny and after a few months they wanted 6 to 8 weeks off PAID and you had to hire someone to replace them for that time and thus had to pay double and only had your usual income, would you do that?  Where are you working now, do they pay for maternity leave?  Most places don't pay for it but allow you to take six weeks off but it is usually without pay unless you use all of your sick time/vacation that you have accrued.  I just don't understand looking for a new company now that you are pregnant, tell me if I am wrong but that is what your post sounded like.  
Maternity leave
I am NOT currently pregnant, but am planning on in the next couple of years...I don't appreciate the comment when you have not even obviously read the whole conversation. Someone else was already pregnant...NOT ME!
maternity leave
I am not necessariy looking for maternity leave...just something would be nice...

I just find it hard to believe in this day in age that some pay for having a baby is too much to ask for...just even some more PTO or STD is all I am really looking for!
TT maternity leave.....sm

I started at TT just over 4 months ago.  I just found out I am preggers.  I don't see anything in the employee handbook about maternity leave?  I am scared to tell them - don't want to lose my job.  I thought I saw one time that they have a month of paid maternity leave or no?


I doub anyone has maternity leave per se, but
I think you accumulate PTO at Medware but can't use it for a year. You accumulate it and can use it from the start at Precyse. I don't know about TRS. I know of NO MTSO that will provide you with paid maternity leave, if that's what you're looking for.
Paid maternity leave?

I was wondering if anybody knows of any companies that offer paid maternity leave.


The only way I know to get paid maternity leave is if you have
your sick time/vacation time built up. You can take off with the Family Leave Act (or whatever it is called) but I don't know of any that actually pay you for maternity leave.
Paid maternity leave?
Do any companies still offer paid maternity leave (6 weeks)? Medware used to but doesn't anymore. Do any still offer this or just hospitals?
Maternity leave benefit
I would like to know if there are companies that offer maternity leave benefit for FT?
Take maternity leave, no matter what! sm
I had an emergency C-section after being so close to a vaginal birth, had been sick before delivery, holding pillows over my incision to cough as lightly as I could and still clear secretions - lots of fun!  I was broke after 90 days on bed rest with an unexpected helicopter flight and 30-day stay to a far-away hospital and loss of income, of course during that time.  Thank God for my husband, but he was the only wage earner.  I had my staples out on a Friday and back to work on Monday.  The doctor of the practice said, Glad you're back; you look like death!  If I had do-overs, and that was 12-1/2 years ago, I would have taken more time, paid or not!  You only get one chance.....
Who gets paid holidays & maternity leave? I'm an IC nm
Not true. I believe TransTech either offers paid maternity leave or is about to.
Unbelievable! I work for Transtech and got PAID maternity leave! Some of these
companies need to take a lesson from them.
Paid maternity leave at TransTech? Is that for real? Any details
would be appreciated.  TIA
TT has paid maternity leave? Sounds too good to be true..
Just wondering if anyone has used this paid maternity benefit?  Is there a catch? This is such a rare benefit now days it just seems too good to be true.
Do the research...most companies, and not just MT companies, do not pay for maternity leave...
we get time off but not paid...and I really don't even understand the point of you posting this...
Survey - What type of medical insurance does your company offer?
Just curious about which company you work for and what type of medical insurance they offer.  HMO, PPO?  Cheap or expensive for you?
Anyone leave MQ for another company?

I know there was a mass exodus of MTs from MQ over the last few months.  I have been trying to stick it out, but I'm not sure how long that's going to last!!  There are so many pro's and con's to most companies that advertise on here. 

Has anyone left MQ and regretted their decision?  Is the grass really greener elsewhere, or is it all in your perspective?  I have 11 years invested with this company, and I would hate to throw all that away for something that is just OK, or not even as good.

Thanks for any info, good or bad!


Why did you leave the former company?

They are causing me to leave the company they all went to
Put the company in a bad place and leave now.
Hated it enough to leave a company
that couldn't take the time to use it right.  When a company USES it properly, it is not too bad.  When they don't bother to have the doc's office fill in the necessary information and then not bother to build the necessary data bases, it is real hard to earn a living. 
Why did you leave that "good company" TT
Which company did you find better than TT?
So it is ok to attack a company once you leave as long as
you do not hurt your paycheck while working for them? That is childish and immature. We are supposed to be professionals. If there is a true problem, an MT should post about it but the unnecessary nastiness on this board goes above and beyond any sense of reason.

Instead of actual warnings, these bashers take it to extremes that make others ignore their constant nastiness.
When you leave a company, is your insurance canceled immediately?

I'm assuming I'll still be getting my premium taken out of my check up to the end, so does the insurance go til the end of the month?  Want to make sure my daughter's dentist visit in Oct is covered, and 2 weeks notice would put me into October but I wonder if I should wait until after her appt for my last day.  Does anyone know? 

Oh yeah.... I got a new job!!!  I got a new job!!!


Is Keystrokes a big company or small? I am thinking of applying. Time to leave the Q. nm
The sad thing is that I do not even think they would notice if I left. I am a high producer but not very vocal and they seem to have forgotten about me :(
Maternity riders
I am not necessarily looking for that...noone seems to understand. I am just looking for anything with more PTO or something basically I didn't mean to start this big fued about maternity leave...

I am just in a situation where I am offered little to no PTO/STD/holiday pay wtih crappy benefits...At this rate, I will have to travel 100 miles to a hospital just for prenatal care because the local hospital is not covered and the insurance prices are through the roof...

I am just trying to better my situation and came here for help not to be made feel like crap. I didn't think that it was such a big deal to try to get some advice, but I guess it is! I am better off on my own!! Thanks, but no more posts please...I am already too upset by the discouraging remarks!!
I got the same thing. We took that survey last year, and then finally many moons later the only update is that it is still being held under advisement? BS! I'm content with what I manage to produce for myself working as an IC for MQ, but am not hopeful about the promised benies.
a survey for MTs
I was just wondering for all you at-home MTs why you chose transcription and what kind of job (good paying or not so good paying ) your significant other (if you have one) has. If your significant other has a job, are the benefits good? Thanks in advance for answering.

This survey does NOT ask for any -nm
I am working as an IC for a smaller service. VERY few if any ESLs and those that are ESL, are extremely clear and coherent. Base rate is based on 5K lines per pay period with increase in anything over that and great incentive for doing what you can Friday-Sunday. Frankly, I prefer the flexibility of IC over being an employee because of the unexpected emergencies that can and do arise.
Let's take a little survey.....sm

Since we are all up in arms about the state of MT these days, how about answering a few  questions. 

1.  What do you believe should be the minimum line rate paid to MTs? 

2.  What do you believe should be the minimum line rate paid to QA/editors? 

3.  What do you think realistically your paycheck should be per pay period? 

4.  Do you think ICs and employees should be paid equally? 

5.  Do you believe that a person's ability to be an MT should impact the amount they are paid? 

6.  Do you believe MT pay should be standardized within the industry? 

7.  What is your BASE line rate before any incentives and does your company pay incentives? 

8.  Do you believe government should regulate minimum MT pay as they regulate the minimum wage in the general work force? 

9.  What benefits do you believe should be extended to employee MTs? 

Let's just answer these honestly and see exactly how poorly we  feel we are being treated. 

And my answers....
1. What do you believe should be the minimum line rate paid to MTs?
I think .12 to .14 would be reasonable. I know several services charging the client .24 or more per line so I think the MT should get a fair percentage of that.

2. What do you believe should be the minimum line rate paid to QA/editors?
Since I've not done QA, can't answer that one. Did do some editing and I found it to be more work then MT, just too much fixing to do so I think the current 50% of the MT pay is nuts! Why would anyone settle for that?

3. What do you think realistically your paycheck should be per pay period?
I would say equivalent of about $16 to $18 per hour so somewhere between $640 to $720 per week. Don't get me wrong. I'd love more but......let's be real. We were for the most part educated at community colleges or the like and cannot command the salaries of people with advanced degrees, can we?

4. Do you think ICs and employees should be paid equally?
same work, same pay. the IC may not have traditional benefits but made that choice for themselves and reaps many other benefits (scheduling, time off, etc.)

5. Do you believe that a person's ability to be an MT should impact the amount they are paid?
Well, of course. We all should be compensated for our skill levels.

6. Do you believe MT pay should be standardized within the industry?
Why? There is no other industry that is. I know attorneys earning $60 K and some earning $300 K and the same is true in all jobs. some companies pay more, some pay less. that's reality.

7. What is your BASE line rate before any incentives and does your company pay incentives?
Mine is 0.85 with the MTSO I am with right now, and I am fine with it. Their platform is wonderful and the work is really good so I can still achieve a decent hourly rate and have the right to work when it works for me.

8. Do you believe government should regulate minimum MT pay as they regulate the minimum wage in the general work force?
If you mean establish a minimum, that would only work for employee status, not IC. But no, I don't think so. It is up to us to stop settling for less than we are worth.

9. What benefits do you believe should be extended to employee MTs?
Depends on the person's status.

Let's just answer these honestly and see exactly how poorly we feel we are being treated.

Survey everyone please
Hey can i still join the survey? nm
Survey: Don't give co name, but do you all have
Salary Survey

Looking at the post below about who loves their company, I am hoping to take this information a step further with what I hope is a fair survey.  Working 40 hours a week, what is your salary, acute care versus clinic, benefits versus no benefits, and what company do you work for?  I think it is very hard to judge what the individual companies are offering, and a lot of the opinions are based on what works for one does not work for another.  Thanks to all who are willing to share this info. 

Also, has your salary gone up (ha, ha), stayed the same, or gone down over the last 5 years?  Thanks again.


My survey answers - (s/m)
1. Q: What do you believe should be the minimum line rate paid to MTs?
A: Forget the 'going rate'. It's a national disgrace. Based on current cost of living in this country, inflation, average rent, price of food, gas, etc., and amount of skill the MTSOs demand from their workers, it should be closer to 12 cpl. And no, I'm NOT kidding.

2. Q: What do you believe should be the minimum line rate paid to QA/editors?
A: Never been one, so can't answer from experience. Granted, they do less typing, but then again, they're supposedly supposed to know more than we do, 'cause they're correcting and QA-ing our work. So it probably all evens out in the end, and they should probably be paid similar to MTs. Don't forget that some of them MT when not QA-ing.

3. Q: What do you think realistically your paycheck should be per pay period?
A: One that pays the rent, healthcare copayments, puts gas in my car and food on my table. That varies from region to region. In my region it would be about $1400 per pay-period, AFTER taxes/soc. security,etc.

4. Q: Do you think ICs and employees should be paid equally?
A: Have never been an IC, so am not knowledgeable enough to give you a cpl answer. But when all is said and done, they work just as hard as the rest of us. And don't get insurance. So their pay should enable them to buy their own insurance. If they can't afford it, they're being cheated.

5. Q: Do you believe that a person's ability to be an MT should impact the amount they are paid?
A: Are you talking about the quality of work? Quantity? Both? Neither? If you are, OF COURSE I believe in merit raises. But 'raise' is a word rarely heard in the MT world. Also, I believe that maybe the pay rate should not be by the actual account (as in which hospital/clinic) but by each dictator. Sloppy dictators and/or extremely difficult-to-transcribe ESLs should pay the MT more, and cost the clinic more to have transcribed.

6. Q: Do you believe MT pay should be standardized within the industry?
A: Only if that means standardizing it to compare with other skilled jobs in this country. But if that means keeping the status-quo, and keeping the pay down at 3rd World standards, then no, I don't. It all depends on WHICH standard they'd be adhering to.

7. Q: What is your BASE line rate before any incentives and does your company pay incentives?
A: Min. = apx. 1000 lines per day. No incentives other than, 'If you want more money, just type more.'

8. Q: Do you believe government should regulate minimum MT pay as they regulate the minimum wage in the general work force?
A: Absolutely. And the problem is, this is not the 'general' work force.. this is a highly skilled profession that requires aptitudes, i.e., hearing/spelling/extremely strong knowledge of English and 'medicalese'/extremely fast fingers) that take time & education (regardless of how much is on-the-job learning) to master. It's a talent. Not every nurse or doc can do this. Not every secretary can do this. Not even every MT-school grad can do this. So we should be paid more in accordance with what we can do. The fact that technology allows us to work from home should in NO WAY force us to accept less. Sometimes working from home is harder than working in an office. We may pay less for gas in the car, but pay more for heat, AC, electricity, etc. since we're home all day. The bottom line is we still get the transcription done to the very highest standards. I think it's time the government got involved with this sector of the health care industry that has been swept under the rug for far too long, and bring our pay up to more realistic standards. Most likely that will only happen if we could all be unionized.

But before the government can do anything to help us, FIRST they have to be made aware that we even EXIST.

9. What benefits do you believe should be extended to employee MTs?

Let's just answer these honestly and see exactly how poorly we feel we are being treated.

survey answers
1. Minimum line rate should be at least 12 cpl/65 characters. The company I work for now pays 6 cpl/43 characters, which evens out to around 8 or 9 cpl/65 characters - aka, not enough.

2. I think editors should be paid for the amount of work they have to do. I have been an Editor for almost 5 years now and the work is harder when the MT is brand new. You have to read every report line by line, which should merit more money. However, on reports for seasoned MTs where only blanks need to be filled in, this requires less work and should be paid so. Don't ask what I get paid to QA - it's definately not enough!

3. Realistically, I think my check should be at least $1200 to 1400 per pay period.

4. Yes, I think ICs and employees should be paid equally.

5. I think there are too many MTs out there that are not really MTs, as in going through the actual training and certification process. I know of several that just learn as they go along, but that don't know drug names, syndromes, etc. I think it should be manditory to have training to be an MT and then the pay thing wouldn't even be a question.

6. No, I don't think pay should be standardized because there are too many bad dictators out there to make typing their reports worth the same as someone dictating very clearly and cleanly. Pay should be based on difficulty of dictator and only mandated by the MTSO.

7. 1,000 lines a day is not unobtainable for any MT as a base line rate, as long as they are considerd FT. Incentives should be given when the MT is no longer required to go through line by line editing; quality of work, as well as quantity. Anyone can type more, but how well is it being done? No, the company I work for does not pay incentives - I'm betting, though, that I would be spending a lot less time editing if they used my idea!

8. Does the government actually even know we exist? I think they think that all MT jobs are over in India. I'm sure, though, if we brought ourselves to thier attention, they'd find some way to regulate just about everything having to do with the industry. However, I don't think the government should have anything to do with it.

9. Medical, dental, vision, disability (carpal tunnel, anyone?), and family plans shouldn't cost you your entire paycheck!

My main beef with the MT industry is the number of companies that willingly send work out of the United States just to save a few pennies per line, but that gripe could go on and on and on...

What do you pay for health insurance? Survey. sm

What do you pay at the company you are with for health insurance?  Is it employee, employee w/spouse, employee w/children or family? What is the deductible? HMO or PPO?  Big company or small?  What percentage does the company pay? 

We are trying to come up with what is fair for everyone without putting us out of business due to cost.  We need more MTs for new contracts but cannot grow until our benefits are better.  Catch 22.

I really would appreciate feedback.  What other benefits do you get?  Do you want? 

Re: Survey below. Why would someone say that an owner is moody. Why are they sm
talking to the owner at all? I have never talked to the owner of Keystrokes and I have been there for over two years. I have never had a broken promise. I have plenty of work to make my line count and 24 hours to do it. I have high QA scores and do not get bothered, which is important to me.

To each his/her own.
Personal info from survey's
Oh, it asks enough info and you can count on it collecting your IP address, that is all it takes to find out exactly who you are. This survey may be free - but you can bet her future survey's will cost you to take, and once she has all this data, you can bet your sweet bippy her site to access all of this information is going to be a pay site! She is not interested in improving anything in our field, she is only interested in $$$$$ she can make collecting data and making this data seem like it means something.
Wow..okay. How about a survey of ANYONE that was happy with their service.
I'm not sure how or why they keep in busy if everyone can do better on their own getting a job. Personally, I've never felt I needed a matchmaker. I just did the best I could in matching up my own skills and preferences to what was being offered to me once I applied. I have never had a problem getting a job in this business, anyone else???
QA error values survey...
I am just curious and trying to get a randomized answer regarding error values when an editor/QA/QC audits reports.  For example:  Major medical error has what point value, minor English error has what point value, etc.  Also, if you don't mind stating what company this is or was for? If you would rather email me, you are more than welcome.
Survey - Is it time for hospitals
to bring their transcription home to the medical records department and contract directly with MTs, both ICs and employees?  IMHO this is something that seriously needs to be done both for the cost savings to the facilities and to ensure that qualified MTs can make a decent living.  This could be even more important with the EMR thing and could apply both to regular MTs and EMR editors.  With health care reform on the table it would seem to me that this is the time.  Email me with your suggestions of how this might be accomplished.
We were notified that they were correlating our survey info (sm)

and hope to have a new plan out to promote retention and happiness.  Last letter we got stated that it was taking longer than anticipated.  This was maybe a month or so ago. Not sure exactly what will be effected, just hoping for the best.







Anyway what was the result on the Female MT and Male MT survey?
Oh yeah, Cant find the tread and the results.
Well, here we go...time for another survey. Anyone out there love their job and able to survive on .
what they make. I am totally burned out on broken promises, dreams and expectations when I have taken jobs. Recruiters hype their company up but then they never live up to it. All I am asking for is a job with regular work every day when I am assigned to work and decent benefits. Is this impossible to find? Have any of you found such a thing? If so, let me hear from you.
Christmas Bonus survey...Has anyone received a bonus yet this year or expect one?
We usually get one but haven't see it yet. Just curious if anyone has been so lucky as to get one.

I will leave it, thank you very much
through these 2 rotten companies, I finally have found a good company, one that appreciates my work (which is very good) and one that does not lie to me or steal lines!!! So take that!!