(Closed) work while on mat leave?

posted 5 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
971 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Banff, Alberta

You could take baby with you if it really is only a half day a week. Might be nice to get out of the house and talk to some adults. 

Not TTC until after the honeymoon but my thought process is I will only come in for training, portraits and photography lessons. I would take baby with me and sometimes drop baby off at FH’s work. Would still probably not go to work at all for at least two weeks though, when baby is super new and don’t really want to take them outside. 

Post # 5
6830 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@envirobride:  Oh hell no, the first few weeks with a newborn you need all you can do to just get enough sleep/energy. You couldn’t have paid me enough to work when on ma leave

Post # 6
873 posts
Busy bee

@Sassygrn:  +1 totally agree. In corporate America you’re not even allowed to work while on mat leave nor is the employer permitted to contact you.  I’m not entirely sure of the why – there must be some legal reason.  Maybe after a couple months when you get into a routine with your baby and starting to get bored at home you could negotiate a part time return but initially, no way.  And don’t worry, there will still be plenty of work will for you to do if you decide to go back. I hope that helps you, best wishes!

Post # 8
46657 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@envirobride:  I don’t know where you live, but make sure you know the financial implications of working during any Mat Leave.(probably not pertinent if you are on unpaid leave.)

We have generous Maternity and Parental Leave provisions in Canada, but they would be forfeited by working. (it’s an oxymoron to be on paid leave and working)

Post # 9
1469 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@envirobride:  I can’t imagine putting in even a few hours a week the first several weeks. I have a 7 week old and I’d say it was around week 5 that I could even imagine having a nanny/babysitter. You certainly have to factor in the cost of child care. I’m lucky. I’ll be working part time from home (with a nanny) web he’s 3 months. At 5 months I’ll go back to work full time.

Post # 11
3152 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

@envirobride:  I’m not sure we can answer that for you :/

i have zero intention of working while on mat leave!

Post # 12
3718 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

My plan is to work during mat leave. When the time comes, I will take 6 weeks sick leave (totally off of work), then 6 weeks at 16 hours a week working from home, then 6 weeks of 24 hours a week (4 half days at home, 1 day in the office). That will be a little over 4 months home with the baby.

Post # 13
4436 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@envirobride:  I’m a SAHM- we decided to not have me go back to work after taking a year of mat leave. DS is not a good sleeper, so I couldn’t have imagined going back to work during the first year (even for a couple hours from home per week). It’s such a personal decision though- maybe if DS had slept through the night and I wasn’t exhausted all the time I could have managed work? The first couple weeks after his birth were a total write-off as I couldn’t walk properly, sit down etc from all my stitches. Best of luck in your decision making- it’s a tough choice!

Post # 15
1440 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@envirobride:  Not sure which province you are in, but in Ontario, any income you earn gets deducted from the EI maternity payment. I had thought of potentially working a little bit to help out my job and put some extra pocket money, but it would just get deducted from my mat leave pay and so I would be working without any extra benefit. Parental leave it will still deduct from EI payment, just not dollar for dollar.

Post # 16
923 posts
Busy bee

@envirobride:  after the first few weeks I would have no problem doing this. I’m in the us and not eligable for mat leave ( paid or not) but luckily my boss is not an asshole so I can go back to work when I’m ready, I’ll also likely be doing some work from home starting a few weeks after the baby is born, as well as taking online classes. it is nice to be able to fully focus on your child, but 1/2 day once a week is not really going to take away from that. If you don’t wanttto do it, then by all means don’t, but if you want to it will be fine!

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