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I'm being interviewed for a new job and think I'm going to get an offer today. I'm not pregnant currently but know we want more children in the future (I have 1 already). Is there an ok way to ask about maternity leave to HR when they call?

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Is the maternity leave policy going to determine whether you take the job or not? Because if it isn't, then I personally don't think it's necessary to get the information during the offer phone call. Sign your documents first, and then ask -- just in case they somehow don't deliver on the offer. I know this sounds really paranoid and maybe it's not necessary at every company but my concern is that they somehow rescind the offer after making it verbally because you ask the question....


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What to do if you face a step down in your career due to the break you took of 6 months to take care of your newborn? Does this happen frequently? Any ideas on how to get a job after this break? Please help! I was working as a Sales Manager in a company where I had to quit as I needed to give sometime to my baby. Now when I'm trying to start working again, I don't get even considered due to the break I took. The HR in these companies advice me to step down in the position and start from senior sales associate or reception. I do have good experience being good at my job and my previous employer have everything good to say about me. What should I do?

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I work for a student loan servicer and I manage the fraud department. We are understaffed and no matter I explain it, hiring additional staff is always shot down. My management states the numbers don't support hiring more help. I'm starting to stress myself out and my employees are stressed out. How can I convince management they need hire more help before everyone quits??

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Try making a list of all the problem you and your staff are facing, with that make an explanatory note that how hiring more staff would help and make the work seamless. The employer should know that by adding more people they won't loose money instead make more. Make sure you explain their benefits in this. Also if you can or talk to finance department making a shot graph highlighting the profit raised after hiring more staff which should be more than the annual CTC of new employees. If even after all of this they don't hire, my advice, QUIT!


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Any ideas on how to figure out details of a company's parental/maternity leave policy?
Right now I am looking for another job because I've been at this job for awhile and my wages / level have stagnated, among other things. Meanwhile, I'm 40 and have been trying to get pregnant. My eggs can't really afford to wait the 3 months after I find a job in order to guarantee the 1 year minimum employment before FMLA kicks in.
Thanks to FairyGodBoss, I know the length of leave at a number of the companies I'm interested in, but not any of the fine print that might mean I'm ineligible to take the leave, even if I get the job. I can ask friends at some of the companies to look up their policies, but I'm at a loss for how to do that research when I don't know anyone on the inside besides the people I'd be interviewing with and their HR/recruiting departments.

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My guess (just from my own past employers) is that most companies will have a formal policy of requiring that you spend a certain amount of time there (e.g. a year or 6 months) before the maternity leave kicks in. In your situation, I think the best thing to do is go for a company that has a good policy and interview. Once you get pregnant, negotiate this benefit issue....the details of a policy are not usually set in stone to the point of not being negotiable....and I don't see the point of sweating the topic until you actually become pregnant. Hope that helps.


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I think I'm being mommy-tracked at work and it's incredibly frustrating. I'm two months back from maternity leave and putting in the same hours as I used to but I'm getting these subtle signs that I'm not taken as seriously -- ranging from not being asked about wanting to spearhead things to the stink eye when I walk out the door (at the same time I roughly used to leave the office). What should I do?

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Tags: Career advice, Discrimination, Working moms
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Communicate more! Maybe people are not sure what you are interested in doing now. Try putting yourself forward in projects.


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I am about to go out on Maternity Leave and my boss got a maternity leave cover for me. I know I'm on track to get promoted when I get back from leave. I'm really paranoid that somehow this woman is going to get my new promotion/job instead of me! Anyone else have good or bad experiences with maternity leave cover situations?

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I am currently on FMLA and was set to return to work in 4 days, but was laid off today. The reason is "position elimination". What are my rights?

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I am trying to get back to work after being a caregiver for parent with Alzheimer's. Am dealing with horrible age bias/discrimination. Need help from exec-level professionals.

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I am trying to find a full-time job.


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Need to understand you more can't determine the problem from your question. Are they firing you due to this? Or the staff is discriminating with you? Or something else?


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I've worked with this company for over a year but got a promotion about 2 months ago. During that two months, it was announced that the other women in my department is pregnant. The whole time I was pregnant too, just had no idea. It is possible that our leave time will lapse each other. Any advice for when I tell my boss?

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You don't owe your boss any explanation or excuse. I'm sure he/she may be frustrated -- but you're totally within your rights. So you may want to start with some humor: "Boss, I don't know -- I'm afraid we have a problem. There must be something in the water." Do NOT apologize for being pregnant. But do offer up your willingness to contribute to a plan of how the organization will handle all these overlapping leaves. Maternity leave cover? Intern? and let your boss know you will help him/her find the people and train them.


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Would you look for a new job during your maternity leave and still nursing? My current workplace has a great lactation room. Easily accessible and provides an onsite pump. There is also the possibility that my employer will allow me to WFH one or two days a week when I return. However, I know I won't last long in this company due to stress and the hours. Should I stay and try to get by for as long as I can or is being on maternity leave a great time to go on interviews?

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