Maternity Leave Questions

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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3010 posts
Sugar bee

cora_123:  everyone on the planet knew I was pregnant. I included that I was on maternity leave, as well as who to contact for a variety things in my out of office. 

My company disabled my login so I have been unable to check email since 12/20. It’s been amazing and I’m so glad this is their policy. I’ve been 100% focused on my son for the last 11 weeks. I called and asked to have my account reinstated next week so I have a few days to weed through. 

This is such a special time, I would suggest really being on leave. Especially if you’re taking unpaid time. Things will move on without you and still be waiting when you go back. I just feel like I have such a short window to focus all of my attention on this guy, I’m going to really take advantage of it. 

 

Post # 3
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1436 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

In my last two weeks before I left the office physically I was putting in my emails to people that I’d be leaving at months’ end on maternity leave and to communicate with my replacement. I’m now working remotely in a supportive role for my my replacement. There is an autoresponse saying I’m on maternity leave and the contact info for my replacement. 

Since we have 1 year of maternity leave, I imagine staying connected a few months down the line.

Post # 4
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11668 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

cora_123:  I work in a small office so everyone knew. Baby came 2 weeks early so I didn’t have time to let all my clients know and my return date is still TBD so I did put the reason for my absence in my ooo reply Along with who they should contact in my absence. Because I didn’t get to tie up all the loose ends at work I had planned on, I have been in touch quite a bit trying to help out where I can. Probably only doing 2-3 hours of work a week max Though. I’m not getting paid for it but I’m making sure my boss is aware so when annual review comes around he will remember that when it’s time for my raise!

Most people weren’t emailing my anymore and I asked them to please continue to cc me so I’m not completely out of the loop when I return. To each their own thoigh. You’re on leave so you’re allowed to be totally on leave and absent if that is what is best for you, so don’t feel bad about it!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

cora_123:  In a few weeks I am going to start adding in my e-mails that I will be on leave at some point just to give outside clients a heads up, but I won’t be sending a mass e-mail. Once I have the baby, my boss will get a pic, and that will be apparent enough because my place of work is always excited to share baby pics 🙂

I plan to stay home for 6 weeks. How FMLA works is your doctor decides whether it is ok your work contacts you at all during this time or if you can contact them regarding work, of course. Initially I was going to allow my workplace to reach out with questions, but honestly I’ve been getting so burnt out I am going to tell everyone that my 6 weeks is my 6 weeks, and I want them to myself and my baby.

After that I will go back 3 days a week at their choosing.

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