In the beginning of my pregnancy, my boss and I briefly spoke about my maternity leave. The conversation originally came up because I was so sick in the beginning of my pregnancy - I was coming in late and missing days. I felt so bad, I started thinking that I should start using my FMLA early. I just didn't want to seem as if I was taking advantage. However, my boss assured me that he understood what was going on and just asked me to stay in communication with him. Luckily, I was able to do some work from home so that's what I did on some days.
Now, my due date is about 10 weeks away, so I need to discuss with my boss my plans for my maternity leave. Him and I are scheduled to meet tomorrow morning to discuss it. Many people have asked me about my company's maternity leave policy. Hm..... we dont have one. The only thing that we have is FML (family and medical leave), in which I am entitled to 12 weeks unpaid. The United States nor Florida mandates anything else as far as maternity leave is concerned.
Hmm... seems like I may be living in the wrong country! LOL :) However,hubby and I have been saving up so we are able to cover bills and such while I am out. I would really like to stay home for about a year or so, but that is hardly realistic.
And I would really like to keep my job so I wont want to make any outrageous requests tomorrow. LOL :/
I know for sure my boss is planning to hire a temp, so I just need to let him know how long I plan to be out. To prepare, I have been making lists/plans for my temp to follow. Each day, I add things to the list so that when the temp comes in, training will be smooth and he/she will be ok once I leave. In addition, I dont plan to be completely disconnected from work. I will be totally accessible to the temp so that he/she can contact me in case he/she has any questions. I will also be logging in to check work emails so that I am not completely out of the loop.
I still don't know exactly how long I will be out. I plan to begin my leave on Feb 21st (due date is March 9th) and I am thinking that I will return to work probably in the 1st week of July. So thats a little over four months.
Hubby will also be taking leave. Of course he wont schedule anything now, but his leave will begin as soon as I go into labor and he will probably take two weeks off in the beginning.
When did you begin your maternity leave? How long were you out? What did they offer at your company? What advice can you give me?