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 was laid off in November of last year from a very overbearing tyrant boss. The main issue for me was being asked to go against the company policies as well as what is legally proper (I am a real estate attorney). I do not want to return to the industry I was in but cannot seem to find any company that is willing to give me a chance. I have applied for positions that only require a high school diploma just to get my foot in the door but to date no one in HR seems to appreciate that to give me a phone call to discuss my credentials or why I am applying. Does anyone have any suggestions? I am willing to move too. Right now I am disheartened that my law degree counts for nothing and that I cannot even get a human to reach out to me but only automated emails.
I am so paranoid about people finding out I'm pregnant before I want to say anything so I've been wearing baggy clothes and avoided any mention of this even on FB in case I'm connected to someone at work who sees...any other advice about how to avoid being found out too soon??
My company does not offer fertility benefits, and I'm trying to make the case to management that they should - in order to be competitive. (I'm not in HR.) Has anyone had any experience with this? Any best practices to share?
Can my place of employment use my time off as a reason to not give me my vacation at my yearly renewal of vacation. They are saying since i didn't work the whole year because i took time off for my maternity that they wont give me my yearly vacation now that its due.
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