(Closed) Not going back to work after maternity leave

posted 4 years ago in Pregnancy
Post # 2
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Bumble Beekeeper

I cant speak for NJ, but where I live this is very common and you dont need to return to work. I would get your company policies in writing and review them, as it might be company specific rather than state specific.

Post # 3
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Sugar bee

Your company may require you to pay back any health insurnace premiums they paid while you were out. However, it sounds like they may not since HR didn’t mention it. I’d confirm, though.

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

HR only answered the question you asked. Be sure to ask for the complete information so you can make an educated decision.

Post # 5
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Busy bee

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weddingbliss1028 :  Definitely confirm with HR. Our company only pays insurance and benefits if the employee returns to work. If they do not return, it is required to pay it back. Because if you don’t come back from FMLA for at least one day…you essentially quit when you went on mat leave. Every company is different, so it is best to clarify.

Post # 6
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Honey bee

At my work place, if you don’t return and work at least one day, you have to pay back all the employer- paid premiums.  Read through your contract, leave policies, and benefit policies carefully and make sure you are asking HR the right questions. 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee

You need to ask and find out all information. Why would your husband rather have you blindly quit than find out the info? Say you tip HR off – they’d be crazy to fire someone on maternity leave – even if they think you are quitting. Plus, it is their job to answer these kinds of questions. If you are worried about tipping them off, ask about all scenarios: If you can extend your leave, what do you need to do to return, what happens if you don’t return (do you owe them any money, etc.) 

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Commenting to follow because I am in the same situation!

Post # 11
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Busy bee

 Definitely just call and ask. For ladies who haven’t done so, the is why you really should do all this research BEFORE you go on maternity leave. It’s best to protect yourself and know your options going in and really think about whether or not you will return. 

Post # 12
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Sugar bee

Talk to HR. If the company has some kind of policies about paying stuff back if you don’t return, I guarantee that returning for “just a few days” isn’t going to make a difference.

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you have healthcare through your employer and/or short term disability it may definitely get messy if you don’t return. I don’t think there’s any way around calling HR and talking to them about it, unless you want to just go back for a month or something.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2017

I went on leave and came back to work and you are doing what’s best for your family. This is not a dig at you at all, it’s what works for you and your family but the reality is you are screwing over your employer. They paid your benefits with the assumption that you would come back.

I don’t mean this as an attack at all, because it happens all the time, I’m only saying that you need to protect yourself because your employer will protect themselves too.

Good luck and I agree with pp to ask about the policy. Most of all, enjoy the baby 🙂

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Call and ask – there’s no way for us to know your company’s policies regarding this. 

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