Post # 1
No, not pregnant yet! But we are hoping to TTC beginning next summer – yet, here’s the catch.
I’ve posted before that (in the house we’re in) we can live on DH’s salary. However, I’d like to work until we have a baby (obviously best case scenario – not always possible).
Has anyone been in the situation of securing a new job and shortly after finding out you are expecting? How do employers take this? I know every job is different, but typically, how long must you be employed to receive maternity benefits if available?
Just trying to plan ahead 😉 thanks bees!
Post # 3
@sorrycharlie: I think to get FMLA/maternity leave you have to employed for a year. I think most basic companies have a 90 day insurance/maternity benefits time period.
Post # 4
Actually, it’s 6 months for FMLA.
Post # 5
FMLA is 12 months
eligible employee” is an employee of a covered employer
(1) Has been employed by the employer for at least 12 months, and
(2) Has been employed for at least 1,250 hours of service during the
12-month period immediately preceding the commencement of the leave, and
(3) Is employed at a worksite where 50 or more employees are
employed by the employer within 75 miles of that worksite.
Maternity leave can change based on the employer. Usually it is no more than 90 days.
Post # 6
It was no biggy for me. I worked at my job for 3 months and then I got pregnant. I proved that I was a good employee and I worked until I was nine months pregnant. I went back at 6 weeks but I wish I waited until 12…I needed that bonding time at that point.
However, one of my friends was 5 months pregnant and tried to get a job where I worked, they turned her down :-/
ETA: this company did not offer maternity leave unless you had worked there for 12 months. I wasn’t worried about it though.
Post # 7
I got a job after I found out i was pregnant and I didnt tell them I was either… Atleast here in oregon FMILA is 6 Months because Ialmost didnt make it to that before being put on bed rest!
Post # 8
Yup. I got a job in March but wasn’t starting til September, and in June I found out I was pregnant. I was very nervous to say the least. I called my boss as soon as I turned 12 weeks, and it went fine. There’s nothing they can do as long as you’re willing to accept that you may have to take an unpaid leave. Some places require 8 weeks unpaid while others require 12, it depends on how many employees they have (in my state at least..), and of course other places will pay for that leave. My leave will be 8 weeks unpaid..although I hate the job and will probably just quit before the baby comes anyway.
Post # 9
thanks everyone for the info! it’s horrible that companies won’t hire some pregnant women, even though they find another reason to cite. I will probably end up doing the same as @AvantLaLettre. I’ve never had a baby, but a friend of mine said that she was going to go back to work after 8 weeks and was just devastated to leave the baby and her 3 y/o at home, so she quit and began working for her husband. I suppose we’ll all react differently but it’s good to know that there are options 🙂
ETA – I know that there are many situations in which people can’t afford to quit work, I hope that I didn’t offend anyone by the way I worded that. oy! tough reading people online 🙂
Post # 10
I think with Starbucks all Benefits are 90 days. So if you find out AFTER your 90 day period then you would be totally clear by the time your due date came around.
Post # 11
My company’s benefits start 90 days after your hire date, but in order to receive their maternity leave benefits, you have to be employed for a year before you go on maternity leave. So after 30 days you get the health coverage, but in order to get maternity LEAVE you need to be working there around 3+ months BEFORE you get pregnant, so that’s a year by the time you go on your leave.
Post # 12
I know my company requires that you be working for at least a year before you get maternity leave.
One of the women I work with got pregnant about a month after starting so by the time she gave birth, she hadn’t been here for a year yet. She got no maternity leave but her boss let her take all of her vacation and sick time (as well as go into some vacation debt that she now has to earn back) so I think she got to stay home for about 4 weeks before returning to work. But now she has zero vacation or sick day for the next year or so. Not a fun situation.