Post # 1
I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that 2013 has been the hardest year of my life. I lost a baby back in March and my Dad died in October. To balance that out, we got pregnant again (due next June) and found a house to buy. We are two weeks away from closing (January 3).
I have worked as a contract paralegal for 1.5 years now. As in, once the case I’m working on is done then they will no longer need me as an employee. Yesterday I found out that the case I’ve been working on has been dismissed. This was very out of the blue and unexpected. It’s fabulous news for the company, but scary news for me. Essentially, they could tell me they don’t need me anymore and let me go at any minute.
I wouldn’t be so scared if we weren’t closing on a house in 2.5 weeks. This, of course, would mean that we would no longer be eligible to purchase the home. We’ve already packed our current home and ended our lease. My Husband will be able to pay the mortgage on his salary alone while I look for another job, but we would no longer qualify for the loan.
I’m so terrified. I don’t know what my company is thinking and I can’t imagine having to go the next 2.5 weeks on thin ice around here. I’m four months pregnant and already high risk. The stress is making me ill.
I need any good vibes and thoughts to get me through the next two weeks. I just need to keep this job until January 3 and then, while it’s still an awful situation, I can safely look for another position.
Any strength and advice is appreciated.
edit: I don’t know if it matters, but they don’t know that I’m pregnant.
Post # 3
That sounds SO stressful!
Try to relax when you can, and good luck! I hope everything works out for you!
Post # 4
Take care of yourself. Things may not work out how you’ve planned, but they will always work out.
Post # 5
@KateByDesign: ((HUGS)) Oh, wow, that’s so rough. I will keep you in my thoughts. We’re also closing on a new house soon and the stress is awful, but nothing compared to what you’re going through. My prayers are with you.
Post # 6
Sending positive vibes. Can you have a conversation with your boss/supervisor? If you’ve been a good employee I would really hope they could keep you on as an employee for the next few weeks, I don’t think they would even need to actually pay you!
Post # 7
@cora_123: That’s what I’m thinking about doing. Just being really forthright and saying, “Please, can you keep me until the 3rd. I’ll work for free.”
However, I’m employed by a third party that makes the decision. And I’ve never even spoken to that third party, let alone have contact information for them. My boss here might not have much of an option :/
Post # 8
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
I know nothing about the legal world, but hopefully things need, well, “closed out” on the case? Hopefully they just want to wait until the new tax year is started to do anything? Hopefully they aren’t feeling grinchy and want to keep people through the holidays? Those are the three good (well, better) scenarios I am trying to send your way through good vibes!
Post # 9
@Sunnyday278: Thank you! That’s what I’m hanging on to as well. There is so much paperwork that needs to be organized and sent off site. So I’m really hoping they’ll assume they’ll need my help for that.
Post # 10
- Wedding: September 2013 - B&B
@KateByDesign: that would make sense to me! I mean the legal jargon alone… I wouldn’t be able to interpret that stuff enough to know where/how/when to file it! Plus if its a larger company I bet the execs don’t want to put their own or their other staff’s time into it right before the holidays, I’m sure they budgeted to keep you longer so why not just let you guys do it?
It all makes sense in my head, anyway!
Post # 12
@KateByDesign: How will the loan company know if you lose your job? I’m confused…
Post # 13
@fancymichelle: They verify your employment before loan approval and again 24 hours again before closing.
Post # 15
Argh! I was in situation where I had a new job accepted but could not give notice until our closing day at the earliest, bc we could lose the loan or have to go back to the beginning of the process if the loan officers found out. It was hell for a few weeks! They never verified my employment on closing, and I found out that they sometimes don’t…..but they always say they check. Varies from company to company.
My point is, sounds like you don’t have much control over when they let you go…keep working and doing your job as long as you have it. Hopefully you won’t have to worry! If they let you go, I wouldn’t say a word about it and hope that they don’t check on closing day.
Good luck, I hope it works out!
Post # 16
@KateByDesign: Ugh I’m sorry you’ve had a tough year and this is one more thing to add to the mix. I don’t know how much help it would be, but I would definitely bring up your concerns with your boss and be open and honest about it. Maybe they can work something out for you.