Say WHAAAA! VENT!!

posted 3 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’m sorry, it is really scrappy of him to spring it on you now. Hopefully he changes his mind after thinking it over for the weekend. If not, could you work from home for those additional four weeks? I would wait until Monday to ask for written conformation again; at this point you don’t have any information to get in writing and I wouldn’t push him too much lest he make a decision out of irritability.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Is the 8 weeks paid maternity leave? If so, would you be willing to take an extra four weeks unpaid? If their concern is mostly financial – i.e., they’d have to pay you *and* pay a temp while you’re out – you might be able to negotiate an extra four weeks if you’re willing to take it unpaid. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Does your company have more than 50 employees? If so, you’re entitled to 12 weeks based on FMLA.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Use the laws that are there to get your 12 weeks.  If your company has over 50 employees, they HAVE to give you the 12 weeks

 

Current United States maternity leave policy is directed by the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (FMLA) which includes a provision mandating 12 weeks of unpaid leave annually for mothers of newborn or newly adopted children.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

eecuadrado:  They have to know they can get in trouble for offerring 12 weeks to one employee and 8 weeks to another.  I’m surprised that as a law firm they don’t have a written maternity policy containing the number of weeks to make sure it’s enforced qually against all employees.  If the policy allowed for 12 weeks for one category of employees and 8 weeks for another category, they would be able to enforce it because it’s written.  They’re going to have a tough time arguing different rules for different employees otherwise.  Make sure you check out the federal Pregnancy Discrimination Act and maybe mention that if they refuse you the 12 weeks they allowed for the other employee.

Don’t be surprised if they issue a maternity leave policy as a result of your situation.  Make sure they don’t apply the new policy to you in retaliation for bringing up the issue in the first place.  Even if they write something up now it should only be applied to employees who apply for maternity leave in the future.  Again, don’t be afraid to speak to an attorney if you have to in this situation.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

To add to my post (because I weirdly can’t edit)  A lot of states have expanded the law locally to mandate the 12 week leave for businesses down to 10 employees

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I think from prior posts that her company has less than 50 employees, so FMLA doesn’t apply. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

eecuadrado:  did you get any positive answer from either boss A or B!?? I am sorry you had to deal with this 🙁

Post # 12
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

eecuadrado:  that does sound fishy…being the head of HR doesnt really make you a “boss” do i dont get why your main boss (A) doesnt just say “hey she is out 3 months, get the paperwork” and be that it! you know?  ugh! how frustrating!  have you read your job’s manual on that (if they have one) or what is your State’s policy’s with regard to ML?  My State gives me 4 weeks for myself and 6 weeks (if normal labor) or 8 weeks on top of the 4 we already get if i have a c-section.  The cool thing about it, at least for me, is that i can take those 4 weeks either before my due date or save them for after and my job was happy that i am actually taking them after. 

 

I wish the best of luck, lady!  I hope you get what you deserve! : )

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

eecuadrado:  I work in a law firm too.  I am a Paralegal.  Well, at least you know they can’t fire you for being pregnant or taking time off.  Otherwise lawsuit haha!!!

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