How should I address issue with maternity leave?

posted 2 months ago in Babies
Post # 2
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300 posts
Helper bee

That’s absolutely absurd. It’s not like you’re taking a vacation, you’re preparing to give birth and shouldn’t be at work. As a woman, your supervisor should fully understand this.

Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I was high risk and worked until the day I gave birth (5 days before my due date – I did not have a stressful job though). However, its highly likely that your doctor will recommend that you stop working before that, depending on your situation. You need to make it clear to your supervisor that it may be completely out of your hands whether you’re available that week, regardless of whether you have given birth. 

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

Your superviser has lost her mind – not sure why she’d plan leave the week before your maternity was due to start and expect you’d be there to cover her? What if you go into labor much earlier than expected, what would she do then?

I’d definitely try and speak to her again and voice your concerns re:working that final week just like you have with us. They’re valid points, and if you go into labor while in the office the last thing you’re going to do it wrap up all the client accounts.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

There is noone else who can cover for you or your supervisor? I mean now she still has 4 months to organize it… if you go into labor early she has absolutely no time to organize a replacement.

Post # 8
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Busy bee

I would talk to her again and have a Drs note ready just in case.

Post # 9
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Bumble Beekeeper

Sorry but I disagree with pp’s, your employer has every right to deny vacation which is what you are taking. If you want to avoid this then start your maternity leave offically on the 21st. 

Vacation leave is treated differently to maternity leave and if your employer works on a first come first served vacation leave plan then it is not your colleagues fault that they applied for leave, which they are entitled to, first.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

j_jaye :  oh come on, put some common sense onto that. Yes they have every right to refuse leave but what is the point of refusing leave that is going to lead into maternity leave? Over Christmas as well. To me it’s cutting off your nose to spite your face.

go back and have a sensible conversation with her. Point out that it might not be your choice anyway (my son was 8 days early) 

i had 3 weeks of leave to use up before I went on mat leave. My work had no issue with me taking them over Christmas and then starting my mat leave 2 weeks before my due date 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Your supervisor has every right to take vacation to enjoy Christmas with her family. If you want that time off, have your leave begin on the 21st.

Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper

Twizbe :  So she can take maternity leave which by using common sense is what it is for. The OP is trying to use the system to her advantage (I don’t blame her for that) but the employer does not have to agree to it. 

The OP has the option to start maternity leave on the 21st (which is, if you use your common sense, when her mat leave replacement would start hence not disrupting vacation leave schedules) but doesn’t want to as opposed to not being able to.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I didn’t think anyone would already have a vacation week picked out 4-5 months in advance either and no one else can take off! 

Um you didn’t think anyone would take a week around the Christmas holidays off? 

Can I start maternity leave on December 27th and still use vacation days December 18-21 and then the holiday days of course?

This is 100% up to your employer. Since they’ve said no, now you have to decide which is more important to you–Having those particular days off, or a full 16 weeks off after you give birth.  Either that or find another job. Cuz even if you brought a doctor’s note saying you can’t work those days, your employer would naturally just say welll start your maternity leave earlier then.  Which might not be what you want. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

andersonmn :  there are more important things in life other than a job.. like pushing a tiny human out of you. 

You need to do whats best for you. I’m sure you can get it in writing from your doc. Your boss will just have to figure it out. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2017 - Outside in Paris

High demand vacation times people put in for 6 months in advance. My maternity leave started when I gave birth. I was working 12 hour shifts at the hospital up until then. Pregnancy isn’t view as limiting until a doctor’s note says it is. Your boss has every right to think you are capable of doing your job while you are pregnant & until you are in labor. 

Get a note from your doctor if you are at risk.

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