It's working for Anonymous
"In my case I wasn't even concerned about paid leave, I just wanted leave. And to not worry about losing my job past 34 weeks pregnant or before my baby was 6 months old, those times are supposed to be protected."
Work for a company that has a detailed family leave plan and/or over 50 employees. I have decided to start my own business, but if I ever go back to work for someone else it will be a larger company. In my case I wasn’t even concerned about paid leave, I just wanted leave. And to not worry about losing my job past 34 weeks pregnant or before my baby was 6 months old, those times are supposed to be protected.
Working for a private company under 50 employees, there are no rules and they can do whatever they want. This was my 2nd child while working at the same company. I thought it would be a similar experience the 2nd time around but this time I was the only one in my dept. and the only one who could do my job. I also had my first child at 34 weeks so I had more appointments with the 2nd (I made the appointments during lunch or before work so they didn’t conflict). I ended up with a doctor’s note to work from home at 35 weeks because of the stress of work. They kept pushing for more the further I got. My son had to have surgery when he was a month old so I ended up taking 6 weeks off (still answering some emails and work from home before 6 weeks). When I came back they were pushing for more immediately again. With no place to pump I asked to work half days, they agreed but only for a few months. Then told me they were hiring someone new for the director position and they would keep me on as graphic designer but the new person could decide if I worked there any longer. And all this before my baby was 3 months old. Fast forward my baby is 6 months old and I am losing my job. There need to be more laws for companies under 50 employees.
Yes only a few times a week.
Originally only 1 month. I ended up doing 6 weeks.
To find the balance of work and family.