Hi - I recently left my job and became pregnant.
Hi - I recently left my job and became pregnant. I am 12 weeks pregnant and job hunting. Its possible that I will have a couple of job offers in the next month. At what point in the interview/offer process do I tell an employer that I'm pregnant? Are there companies that will hold my job during maternity leave even though I won't qualify for FMLA? I'm also concerned with affecting a new relationship with an employer by revealing that I will be going on leave in six months. Has anyone else experienced this? Looking for facts and words of encouragement!
Hi there! I work in HR, and I would recommend sharing that news with your employer before accepting an offer. They can't legally retract an offer because you are pregnant, and technically you don't have to tell them anything at all but our of professional courtesy I would go ahead and let them know -
and see what your options are. Just be honest and tell them if you plan to work up until your due date (or whatever your plan is). Most employers will work with you and at least offer unpaid leave and protection (if not paid leave) even if you won't qualify for FMLA. Sometimes employers can't offer your Short Term Disability if its through their insurance provider because there may be a waiting period that they have no control over. Other companies have true maternity leave policies so it just depends. Most companies won't want to fire a pregnant woman because 1. that's pretty morally wrong especially if you have been working for them for several months already and 2. that's risky legal territory! 3. Rehiring someone after they trained you and invested in you is a waste of resources for them.
I'm not sure if this will apply to you but if you are out on leave when you hit the 12 month mark, you will be eligible for FMLA at that time - even if you have already taken a month or so off. If you are still employed, they legally have to give you FMLA at that time. Let's say you have been working there for 10 months when you go on leave. You are out on unpaid, non-FMLA leave of absence for 2 months to equal 12 months of employment - after the end of your 2nd month of leave, you could start FMLA since you would have met the requirements at that time (as long as you were full time before).
Either way, most companies will work with you. Maybe offer to work from home if that's a possibility. And if they company won't work with you, maybe that's not the best company to work for. Good luck! I am sure you will find something great if you haven't already.
Thank you for sharing! If you don't mind me asking - how did the employer respond to the news that you would be taking maternity leave as a new employee?
I had to stop breastfeeding my baby after 6 months because it was so hard for me to pump at work. Between a difficult manager, bad lactation facilities, and a heavy travel schedule, my milk dried up. I feel so sad -- like I've already let my baby down.
Hi. I have been an Executive Assistant, or some other assistant/operations person for over 30 years. After losing my job of many years due to restructuring, I am looking for a permanent position. I feel as though assistant positions are on the way out, given anecdotal evidence by other assistants as well as executives I've spoken to. Please note that I am in pursuit of my bachelor's, but it is not yet completed. Apparently 30 years of experience doesn't mean anything if I don't have a degree. I've been told that it is recognized that I am intelligent and eager to learn pretty much anything (as well as easy to work with) so do not pigeon-hole myself into going after assistant roles, but I don't know what else I should look into or other keywords to use when searching for positions. Does anyone have any guidance on what kinds of jobs are out there?
I have been at my current job 3 years yet I am in the final interview this week for a new job. If I get the offer how do I ask about the questions I want answers to before accepting.. such as exactly how paid or unpaid leave would apply to me if I got pregnant within my first 6-12 months on the job, benefits questions, and policies. I know the maternity leave is good but I don't know how long I must work there first before it applies to me. This would be my first pregnancy so I also don't really even know what aspects of coverage are most important and really have the biggest affect ? If my leave was unpaid would my new increased salary make up the difference in the time I'd be working to not worry about this? Any tips on what to be aware of when switching insurance and leaving an employer and starting new insurance? Thank you!
I am highly skilled with a background in marketing management (MBA in Finace and Marketing), process improvement (Six Sigma), project management and research. I have been ranked number 3 in quality performance and recognized by a CEO for my innovativeness. I have taken serval (3) years off from the corporate environment to take care a relative that has significant chronic medical issues. I am ready to go back to work, but I have contraint. I want to be available - so I do not want to travel more than 20%. I do not want to work extreme hours - I want a balanced life. I am trying to relocate to the Raleigh/Durham area in North Carolina, so that I can oversee my relative's care, but I realize that this may not be possible. Watching this health crisis unfold has taught me that I do not need to make 6 figures. I want work that makes a difference and pays well. I am not a spring chicken (59 years olds). I documents that show the quality of my work. Where do I find a company that will provide the mental stimulation and flexibility. I like to think, solve hard problem and significantly change companies in positive way. I like the think tank environment. How do I search for and find a good fit?
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