7 Months Pregnant - Starting New Job - Maternity Leave Options?

Nicole - posted on 05/16/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )




I'm 27 weeks pregnant and was just hired for a new job at a Fortune 500 Company to start in the end of May. There will be a 6 Weeks Training Class and which will only leave me at about 5 weeks on the job before having my baby. My due date is at Day 55 of the 90 Day Probationary period so I am not yet eligible for Short Term Disability, etc. FMLA will not work either because I have been employed for less than 1 year.

I do not even mind if whichever leave I end up with is unpaid, I just don't want to come back to find out I will be out of a job as this is a great opportunity that came at an convenient time.

Has anyone ever been in a similar situation and what options did you end up with? Any recommendation of who to tell first, HR or Manager?


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They are not legally obligated to hold your job for you. That said, you may be able to speak to the person who hired you and work out a deal. Your leave will be unpaid, but if you are a quality candidate who is difficult to replace, your boss will probably be very willing to bend the rules and hold your job while you recoup, or allow you to work from home during your maternity leave (if that is an option in regards to your responsibilities).

Michelle - posted on 05/18/2013




Didn't you tell them you were pregnant when you got the job or even in the interviews?
If they have no idea your pregnant then I wouldn't be surprised if they don't keep your job open.

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