Post # 1
I am graduating from grad school in May. I was hired last August (2014) to begin a job this August (2015). It is a great job–good salary, benefits, and in the exact field I want to be in for my career. DH and I are planning on TTC very soon, and I am somewhat concerned about how this will affect my job.
The company I am working for has a policy that goes beyond FMLA. Female employees get a maternity leave of 6 months (4 months paid), and they can add whatever vacation time they have leftover if they wish to take longer. I know of at least two women who were hired while 5-6 months pregnant, and they took their whole maternity leave, came back, and have been fine ever since.
Still, I am worried that if by some chance we get pregnant right away I will look like I am taking advantage of the system by going on maternity leave within 4 or 5 months of starting the job. At the same time, I want a baby so bad. DH and I are so ready to be parents, and I just feel like I don’t want to wait. What would you bees do?
Post # 2
if women were hired at 5-6 months pregnant (it’s obvious by then, usually) then don’t worry about it!!! live your life and be happy that your (future) employer is so understanding, that’s amazing!
Post # 3
Don’t borrow trouble! It sounds like you have a family-friendly work environment to look forward to, at least in terms of parental leave. If you know the company has supported past employees in taking full maternity leave benefits a few months after being hired, then it sounds like your situation will be no problem. Also, you never know how long it will take you guys to get pregnant, so if you feel ready and your employer is supportive, I say go for it 🙂
Post # 4
I agree with the PPs. It’s sadly rare to have such a family-friendly environment and for great maternity leave, so don’t borrow trouble!! You have no idea when you’ll get pregnant, so you’re in no way taking advantage of the system. If you get lucky and get pregnant early on, that’s hardly your fault! Congratulations on the job and good luck in TTC!
Post # 5
I would just verify that you don’t have to be there for a certain amount of time before the maternity policy can apply. Usually for FMLA, you have to have been working for at least 6 months.
Post # 6
Man… I wish I had your job!! I just started my new job three weeks ago, and we are currently TTC (though of course I haven’t told work yet). Sucky thing is, even though we are extcited to have a baby, once we get pregnant, I have to tell work right away. I am a vet tech, and working with cat poop and radiation is a no-go while pregnant, so I have to inform them immediately…. which sucks because I really wanted to just keep it between the two of us until we were out of the danger zone.
I also want to get pregnant right away… but I’d feel horrible telling them I’d pregnant withing a month of two of being hired!
Also, it sounds like your job has great benefits. Mine doesn’t offer maternity leave, so I would just take a paid week (my vacation time) plus unpaid time off. So, because of financial reasons, I would probably only take a month MAX off of work for maternity leave. 🙁 Luckily, though, my husband gets 16 weeks. WTF. I mean, awesome for him… but I wish I had that.
You are VERY lucky to have found a job that offers such great family benefits. I would give anything to have four paid months at home with my new baby.
Post # 7
Like the others have said, I wouldn’t worry about it and live your life!
Post # 8
I don’t think you can worry about this. Pregnancy happens, mostly when people least expect it! HR depts know that too… the only thing that would be bad is if you know youre preggers and don’t tell work. Definitly wait til youre thru the 1st tri but don’t wait to tell them at 6months either. It’s key to communicate early so that everyone has time to plan accordingly. By helping them prepare for your leave if/when it happens, it will only help you in the longrun.