(Closed) Maternity leave? New position?

posted 6 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Congrats! I would do one of two things– I would either give 1 months notice at 35 weeks or not give notice until after your baby is born. I know I hate when co-workers give 3 or 4 months notice– they start being taken off projects immediately and it just prolongs the pain. If someone asks that is one thing, but I would keep your cards to yourself.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I accepted a new position during my maternity leave – closer to home, $15k bump in salary, various perks. I told my former employer about three weeks before I was due back at work and they were very understanding. They had the option to make me pay back the healthcare coverage  premiums for when I was on leave, but graciously opted not to.

If you tell them before the baby comes, then you can just give two weeks notice before you’re due to leave as if you would be resigning, then they can get a head start on replacing you and you wouldn’t need to worry about healthcare coverage premiums, etc. 

Congrats on your new position and congrats on your pregnancy!

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would let them know about a month out that you are going to go work for your family’s business.  I choose to do the same thing a few years ago.  I told them that I was going to leave at the end of the calendar year.  They let me stay on because I was going to something that wasn’t in competition with them.  If they do decide to let you go, then no big deal you can start earlier with your mom.  It is nice to have the flexibilty of working for yourself/family.  It is harder though for me to determine how long to take for maternity leave since there isn’t that many employees or the funds to hire a temp while I’m out.  So that is something for you to consider and discuss with your mom.  I do plan to take the baby to work with me for as long as the baby can stay in the play-pen without being to much distraction for me and the other workers.  My cousin works from home and was surprised that she really doesn’t get much done.  Her mom comes two days a week now to watch the baby and her sister for half a day on Friday.  So yes you might save some on day care costs but I think it might depend on your baby and their development.  My cousins’ baby is a talker (started around 8 months old) and she’s a loud little girl.  So my cousin can’t keep her in the same room when she is trying to make phone calls. 

I hope this helps you get some ideas on things to consider.  You may have already thought of these things. 

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I get what you’re saying about your job and the hours.  As for telling your current employer I wouldn’t wait until after you’re into maternity leave.  They are going to hire someone as a temp that they may or may not have hired knowing that you aren’t coming back.  In other words it might waste their time.  I would just let them know around Thanksgiving that you have decided to work for your family business.  It is hard to quit a job.  I felt guilty too.  But they understood I was doing what was best for me.

I’m due Thanksgiving Day! 

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