Post # 1
Here is the background:
I will the first woman at my work to be pregnant/have a baby. We are a small, privately owned company who doesn’t qualify for FMLA. There is no maternity leave policy in our handbook, I am pretty sure the owners have never even thought of someone needing it while working for them. I have pretty minimal PTO (10 vacation 2 sick) which is going to be used up I’m sure by my due date.
The work environment is interesting, out of the 15 employees in our office, 4 of them are family. The owners are husband and wife and they have their daughter and son in law working here as well. On the outside they have the “family friendly” look, but every employee who has started working here with a small child at home has quit.
I’m extremely nervous to tell them I’m expecting and have no idea where to start in negotiating a maternity leave plan. There is a very real possibility I will not return after the baby is born, although no final decision has been made. I have several Aflac policies set up which will help during my time off but I am beyond doubtful paid leave will be an option at all.
Any advice would be wonderful!
Post # 2
I have no advice, but I am in the same boat, except I am the second, and the first does not mind just taking her 6 week short term dissability (we are both currently pregnant). I would prefer to take min of 12 weeks, but because we do not qualify for FMLA I know this is out of the question. I also will not have anywhere to pump when I do come back to work, so that is another downfall, I will probably end up pumping in the ladies room.
This is not ideal, but the only solution I can see would be to quit, and what horrible timing with a baby on the way.
Post # 3
I could have written this myself! I joined a company with no policy and no real plans of a policy this year, and found out I was pregnant a couple weeks later. I was actively TTC for a while, so before I was hired I did ask about mat leave and was told they would “work with me” if I were to need one. So basically I came up with a policy that I thought was fair (12 weeks time off using 6 weeks of disability, 2 weeks PTO, and then I said I’d go negative on another 2 weeks of PTO and take the rest unpaid). My company ended up agreeing to it, and said they’d work on a policy that includes pay as well and let me know when it’s finalized. Despite them being a bit unaware of maternity policies as a whole, it’s a good company so they were willing to work with me. I think that the best way to get what you want is to go in with a game plan and don’t just say “I need a mat policy”. Giving them an idea of what you’re looking for is a lot easier for them to handle. If they refuse to meet even your minimum requests, then that’s a good indication you may want to look elsewhere after baby is born.
Post # 4
I think a good place to start is working out whether it’s job security or paid time off that’s of more value to you.
Post # 5
first, if you are already pregnant, it is too late to get an alfack, STD plan. the effective date of the plan needs to be before you conceive. so essestionally 10 months before birth.
don’t think about not wanting to come back yet. although if you 100% decide, i think it would be more fair to tell them, especially if you like the company and people. so they can find a replacement.
if you are not sure or don’t want to tell, aka keep maternity benefits. think about how long you want to stay home, 12 week, 16 weeks, etc. and work from there. can you take 10 weeks and then work part time? do you have the option to telework?