(Closed) TTC and applying for a new job… benefits/leave time?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 2
575 posts
Busy bee

Just FYI with the Aflac- you have to have the policy for at least a year before they will pay out for maternity leave. 

Post # 4
3903 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

Kacie209:  I wouldnt be changing jobs. At the moment you need peace of mind, stability and such (well I do when taking a huge step as TTC) so I couldnt switch jobs like that.

Post # 5
640 posts
Busy bee

Kacie209:  Your friend says you may negotiate ealier FMLA, but what if you can’t?  My friends that work in HR have said that more companies are getting stingy about that so I wouldn’t completely count on it.  The PP is correct about AFLAC – you have to have it a year before they cover maternity leave.

From my experience, I hate to say it, many coworkers get annoyed when they find out a new coworkers is newly pregnant.  We’ve had experiences where we’ve trained new employees that take leave right away, then never come back, even after the position was held for them.

It sounds like you have a good gig now with your leave and covering for appointments so why take on the extra stress of a new job?

Post # 6
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

FMLA just protects your job– so if they waived the 1 year for FMLA it would protect your job, but you still wouldn’t get paid– did your friend say what kind of disability policy she has (I know at our company there is a year waiting period for disability too).

Post # 9
5154 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

Kacie209:  Here’s another idea – I say interview and go for the job. IF you are offered it (and arent already pregnant), can you put off TTC for, let’s say 3-4 months? Keep in mind, you’ll be pregnant for 9 months – SO you really only need to work at the job for 3-4 months before your FMLA will kick in towards the end of your pregnancy (1 year of service). Just something to think about if you really want this job.

Personally, I’d go w/stability and stick w/your current job. 

Post # 11
3685 posts
Sugar bee

I ran into a similar experience when I got pregnant two weeks after starting a new job. We had been TTC for a long time, and I was miserable at my old job after getting a new boss who was a total biotch. So not having any idea of when I’d get pregnant, and knowing I really needed something new, I took the plunge. I ended up going from a company that I would’ve gotten 8 weeks paid time off, plus FMLA coverage, to one that had no maternity policy whatsoever and wasn’t required to follow FMLA. What I did was, once I received an offer, I negotiated more PTO days and also asked them about their different leave policies including maternity leave. They basically admitted they had no policy, but that they would work with me. They also told me they pay for short term disability (which is what the AFLAC program your referring to is). So I ended up taking a little bit of a leap of faith with them, but at least had some kind of idea that they would be willing to work with me. I also had a very good experience in the hiring process and felt like it was a company with intergrity that takes care of their employees. That’s how I made the decision to switch, and then ironically enough my IUI cycle that began my first day at the new job ended up being the one that worked, and sure enough the company was fully willing to work with me on maternity leave. I’m not getting as much pay as I would’ve at my old company, but I’m getting the same amount of time off which was what mattered the most to me.

In a nutshell, my advice would be to go for the job, and if you get an offer, talk to them about these things. Find out what kind of short term disability and other benefits they have. My STD is through Aetna and not Aflac and coverage began as soon as I was hired with no waiting period between getting pregnant and my hire date. I think it’s worth a shot if it’s something you really want since you can always turn down the job!

Post # 12
9173 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

first off you don’t have the job and you aren’t pregnant.  so if you want the job, interview for it.  if you get the job offer, you can ask them what the maternity and leave policy are and how long you have to be there etc.


ALSO to correct some other’s misinformation.  AFLAC and other short term disability policy’s state that there needs to be 10 months before the policy starts and the baby is born. 

trust me, i looked into it.  my company (federal governement) does not have maternity leave.  i need to take my own leave/sick leave for any time i want off.  i didn’t buy into an aflac policy.  at my company i can work advanced sick leave if i don’t have enough or want to acrue more.


Post # 13
106 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

one more thing– and maybe this is just me (I am currently 26 weeks, and looking to change jobs – but within the same company so a little different) but I really didn’t want to try and learn a new job while pregnant– for me I knew I knew I would have lots of doctor’s appointments (I am high risk) and I knew I would be exhausted.  For me, I feel better being in a job that I know and can do well while pregnant (and feel like crap)- than try to learn a new job, so I am waiting until I come back from maternity leave to even start looking for a new position.  As long as you are not in a position where you are completely miserable, you might want to take into consideration the learning curve for the new job– just a thought- good luck with whatever you decide!

Post # 14
7921 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

Kacie209:  I almost didn’t switch jobs right before my wedding because I was worried about being at the new job long enough for maternity leave when we started TTC. I’m REALLY glad I made the move anyways because I have since changed jobs again and have been here 6 months. We’ve been TTC for a year. Just because you are TTC doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily get pregnant when you hope and (at least for me) I’m glad I didn’t hold my career back for a baby that is taking its sweet time being conceived. 

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