Experiences of lay-off while on maternity leave and interviewing while pregnant
I'm pregnant and due in February 2018. Unfortunately, my company is going to be acquired by another company and there are rumors of layoffs.
As long as I'm on FMLA and there are no mass lay-offs, I should be fine. However, if there is a mass lay-off, I will loose my insurance at a time I need it the most. My upper management is unable to answer any questions and is not responsive to this concern at all. Any positive experiences with COBRA?
I thought I would have a stress-free maternity leave but now I will need to look for a job. I was wondering anyone out here has interviewed while over 7 months pregnant? Do you face any bias? Are they open to taking maternity leave during the first 3 months on the job? I just need the insurance and its bad how its so strongly tied to the place of employment.
I have never been in your particular position and by the way congratulations. However, I have been in your shoes when it comes to layoff and being off on medical leave. I had major surgery at the time and was scheduled to be off for 6 weeks. Like you there was to a major layoff and I was going to off during the time it was done. I was told that, by law I could not be laid off, terminated or anything close to either one while I was off. If I was scheduled to be laid off as part of the group the management staff would have to wait until I came back. So what they did was the actual day I came back, was the day I was terminated or laid off, All my accesses were turned off even my employee ID was voided, I had to get a guest pass and be escorted everywhere I went. So check the labor laws where you live and not with your management. There maybe a misinterpretation of them.
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?
I had this giant to-do list for maternity leave but now that the baby's here, I'm realizing I'm going to get a lot less done than I thought. I somehow thought I'd be able to get some reading done while my baby naps!! Anyone else feeling like there's literally nothing that's possible except getting a food and shower in?
I'm not pregnant yet but I just want to find out whether this is a good place to have a baby. Does anyone have any advice about how to get info on their company's maternity leave policy? I tried looking at our employee handbook and even on the intranet but just can't find anything. I guess I could just ask but I feel a little funny about it, especially since I'm not even expecting!
OK, the previous post is a tough act to follow, but here goes: Within the next week or two, I will be laid off from the ad agency where I work. Unfortunately, this is an industry hazard; when an agency loses clients, it cuts staff. We're losing two major accounts. It's deja vu for me, because the last agency I worked at lost a huge account and laid off 11 staffers, including me. The advertising industry skews very young. I laugh when I see "senior copywriter" positions requiring three years of experience. I have more than 20 years of experience. Also, many writers focus on a niche, such as pharma, but I take pride in the diversity of my portfolio. While I prefer a permanent, full-time copywriting/content position, either remote or in the Greater Philadelphia/South Jersey region, I'm thinking about going freelance. I already have a few freelance clients, but not enough to pay the bills. Any advice on how to best position myself in the marketplace, and how to dive in to freelance writing full time would be greatly appreciated. (And feel free to hit me up with job offers!)
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