everything you need to know about maternity leave in the U.S.

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What kind of maternity leave is your employer required to offer? How do people manage to take unpaid leave? How long is a typical maternity leave? How can you ask about maternity leave benefits when you’re interviewing for a job, without implying you’re going to take it soon? Over at New York Magazine today, I answer a whole bunch of questions about maternity leave in the U.S.

update: I don’t think I want to come back from maternity leave

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Remember the letter-writer who wasn’t sure if she wanted to come back from maternity leave (#3 at the link; first update here )? I am excited to say that after being a stay at home parent for 15 months, I started a new part time position about two months ago! At the last job I held before I left the workforce, I was managing a team of teapot builders. I am especially grateful for all of AAM’s advice for applying and interviewing for jobs.

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I keep getting work questions while I’m on maternity leave, telling new job about a counter-offer, and more

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I keep getting work questions while I’m on maternity leave. I’ve seen a couple of questions on your blog addressing answering questions after leaving a position. I am currently on maternity leave and arranged with my employer that after a few months, I will be working part-time from home with a flexible schedule on only one piece of my previous job. If she’s emailing you at your work address, stop checking that; you’re on leave.).

my boss hasn’t returned from maternity leave, watching what I say around a coworker with financial worries, and more

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My boss hasn’t returned from maternity leave. I started my job at a small nonprofit about seven months ago. When I was brought on, I knew that my new manager would be leaving for maternity leave about four months in to my new position. But I figured when she got back from leave we would pick up where we left off. Her maternity leave has been over for almost three weeks now and she still isn’t back to work full-time.

questions about resigning — while your boss is on maternity leave, when your boss is hard to find, and when your coworkers are leaving too

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Should I resign while my boss is on maternity leave, or on her first day back? My boss is set to return from maternity leave in two weeks, and I’m trying to decide how best to time my resignation, mulling over what you wrote here. But is telling her on the last week of leave too much of a jerk move? I am extremely eager to leave, but I don’t want to be unprofessional or insensitive. Resigning!

my company is sticking us with part of the hotel cost on business trips, workload while boss is on maternity leave, and more

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My workload will plummet while my boss is on maternity leave. As we are in Canada, she is entitled to one year off, but due to the busy nature of her job she doesn’t think this is feasible (there is already a one-year wait for clients to get an appointment) and mentioned that she plans to take four or five months off with the baby and then plans to return to work on a part-time basis thereafter for several months, likely one day per week. It’s five answers to five questions.

Is it Sexist to Promote a Male Employee over Two Females

Evil HR Lady

All analysts have been working in the field for a similar amount of time, but one of the women is currently on maternity leave. This role doesn’t technically exist, so we’d have to create a new job title and job description. I’m afraid that without the promotion, the male analyst will leave. I manage three analysts: one male and two females.

2019 125

New Mothers Returning to the Workforce - The Data is In

Careers Done Write

Census Bureau issued a report concerning working mothers, including levels of paid maternity leave and details of working mothers’ return to work. Well, it very positive that for the most part women are able to return to the workforce without losing ground in pay or job level. Women with a higher level of education or experience tended to work for companies that provided superior maternity leave benefits. On November 10, 2011 the U.S.

2011 144

my team is flipping out over a thank-you lunch, my new job told me they hired someone else instead, and more

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A few people who were on the committee had retired or left for jobs at other places, and the committee was a bit short-staffed. I am a graduate who has been searching for a job for a while. Jane also told me that they were hiring for this position because the employee who normally filled it was out on maternity leave, and they did not know when/if she was coming back. Anyway, the following Monday was to be my first day on the job and I arrived early.

2018 34

Pregnant? When, How, and What to Tell Your Boss

Sklover Working Wisdom

I know from many of my clients’ case histories that notifying their employer of a newly confirmed pregnancy, and then “navigating” the process of the many details of “pre-leave,” “leave,” and “post-leave,” were harrowing. And many of them have shared a sense that, if they don’t do this carefully – very carefully – their jobs and careers could suffer. You can also use these suggestions as a kind of checklist for your Maternity Leave planning. Job hunting?

2016 100

Job Hunting When You Are Pregnant

Professional Resume Services

Many people will be inclined to tell those who are pregnant to wait until after they have the baby before searching for a new job. While it can be understandable that some employers are reluctant to hire someone who will likely be requesting maternity leave almost immediately, it’s not impossible to find those that are willing to hire a pregnant woman when she is the best candidate for the job.

2012 144

Workplace Gossip is a Career Killer

Professional Resume Services

Some people never really leave high school. It’s one thing to spend a few minutes chatting about the latest ball scores or last night’s, “Castle” episode, or to discuss the co-worker who has just returned from maternity leave, in a positive manner. What does this have to do with you as you are hunting for a new job? Your boss will mention it and it will hurt your chances at a new company.

Ace Your Next Job Interview

Career Alley

When it comes to feeling nervous during a one-on-one conversation, interviewing for a new job ranks up there with going out on a first date. Part of the reason you might feel nervous during job interviews is the fact that you generally don’t know what to expect during the interviews. Learn how to identify interview traps and you can make the job interviews more relaxing and economically rewarding. It’s no different when you go on a job interview. jobs by.

2015 245

should we just give money for the holidays, boss drops stress bombs, and more

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If you leave more info in the comments, I’ll try to refine this advice. What’s the best day of the week to start a new job? What’s the best day of the week to start a new job? Taking a new job when I want to have kids soon.

2020 43

5 Tips For Job Searching While You’re Pregnant

Career Realism

Bringing a baby into the world is a wonderful thing, but some fear that it will hold them back in their job search. Before you start looking for a new job, check out these quick tips for job searching while you’re pregnant: 1. Before you start your job search, you need to consider what obligations you will have for your new baby, job search, and potential new job. Job Search Strategy

2013 87

Interview Traps to Identify and Avoid

Career Alley

Ace Your Next Job Interview. When it comes to feeling nervous during a one-on-one conversation, interviewing for a new job ranks up there with going out on a first date. Part of the reason you might feel nervous during job interviews is the fact that you generally don’t know what to expect during the interviews. Learn how to identify interview traps and you can make the job interviews more relaxing and economically rewarding.

2012 227

Are You a Problem Solver or Problem Creator for Employers?

Ms. Career Girl

No matter what type of industry you work in, what type of job you have, or where you’re headed in your career, it’s essential to be able to objectively assess which type of worker you are. Problem Creators: Bring bad experiences and memories with them from job to job. In your last job, you had a micromanaging boss from hell. Problem Solvers: Leave old baggage at the door when they start a new job.

2015 129

Who Gave Career Guidance to Queen Elizabeth I?

Position Ignition

But who do you turn to when your job title happens to be, “Queen of England, France and Ireland, Defender of the Faith”? Whether you’re: Trying to find an employer to give you that first chance after leaving school or university. Over 40 and looking for a new job. Absolutely sick of your current career or job. At odds with your new boss. Finding it hard to settle back into work after maternity leave.

2012 129

Job Hoppers: Advice Before & After You Hop

Careers Done Write

One that remains true is, “Better to have a job to get a job.” ” Candidates who are employed fair much better when job-searching. 39% surveyed named job-hopping, 31% stated being unemployed for more than one year, and 28% said that gaps in the employment history were the biggest obstacle. If you are thinking of quitting before you have a new job, consider that decision very carefully.

2012 152

update from the reader who was getting great feedback but no new responsibilities

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Remember the reader who was getting great feedback from her manager but was frustrated because she couldn’t convince him to allow her to take on any new responsibilities ? About two weeks after my letter was posted, the head of my department and the next person below her left the company within a week (one to a new job, one on maternity leave). We knew about the maternity leaver, but only found out about the job leaver the day before.

what should I be planning for professionally as a single parent?

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I live in California which has a bit of maternity leave. I’m looking for pointers on work as a single mom, ideas about whether I should stay at my current job for this or look elsewhere and so forth. who interviews well, has a well-connected recruiter who would be happy to find a new place for me, does work that is more complex than most accountants with my title, and lives in an area where there is currently a shortage of accountants.

Relocation Repayment and FMLA (another throw to the readers!)

Evil HR Lady

That said, in this last year, I have taken a 14-week maternity leave, which was partly paid, vacation, and partially unpaid. Do you know this affects my “one-year” tenure in the position, particularly the unpaid leave (which I believe was 5 weeks)? I would like to give them a decent notice if I should decide to leave the position (which I think is likely), but I also want to make sure that I have surpassed my one year mark officially.

2016 109

Can You Get Around a Firing When Interviewing for Work?

Cube Rules

In the event you find yourself in this position now as you search for a new job, there are some important factors to keep in mind when called in for a job interview. Among them are: Accept reality – Getting fired from a job is one of the toughest things you can go through. Whether it was a layoff, taking time off to go back to school or for maternity leave, a sickness, it can be relatively easy to explain the time off. photo credit: muffytyrone.

2011 138

my employee cries whenever I give her feedback

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” Mary is a great employee, and I want to do whatever I can to protect her job and reputation within the company. Employee keeps referring to me as his “manageress” Should staff get bonuses for covering when I’m on maternity leave? Meeting with people from my old industry right after I start a new job. A reader writes: One of the people I supervise is “Mary,” a woman in her early 20s.

2020 32

Tales of FAILS

Ms. Career Girl

And, on to this week – open enrollment period at my new job – when I had to think very hard about buying short-term disability insurance in case I ever have a baby and need more maternity leave not covered by the small business I work for. This post was inspired and sponsored by InsureUonline.org , a site that strives to educate twentysomethings about insurance. A ll views, stories and suggestions are my own.

2012 157

The Domestic Man. Are They Pulling Their Weight?

Workology

After maternity leave, my husband took the role of stay at home dad for nearly 10 months. He took on several short consulting projects but for nearly a year he served as primary care giver while I balanced writing a book, being a new breastfeeding mother, and serving as the primary bacon bringer-homer for our family. Career woman struggled with their new job and time restrictions, working more paid and unpaid hours working than men.

2011 96

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Evil HR Lady

I'm in HR and currently have a job where I was responsible for creating a training program. I was the first person to do this for the company and everyone thinks I'm doing a fantastic job. But I felt I was doing a good job - I implemented some clear improvements, and saw real change happen. Here, I feel like I'm not doing that great of a job, I have too much free time, very little oversight and the people who need to attend training are not coming anyway.

2008 100

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

Evil HR Lady

I'm in HR and currently have a job where I was responsible for creating a training program. I was the first person to do this for the company and everyone thinks I'm doing a fantastic job. But I felt I was doing a good job - I implemented some clear improvements, and saw real change happen. Here, I feel like I'm not doing that great of a job, I have too much free time, very little oversight and the people who need to attend training are not coming anyway.

2008 100

birthdays with food restrictions, quitting right before your boss goes on leave, and more

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Quitting when my boss is about to go on maternity leave. My boss is scheduled to go on maternity leave in two weeks. I’ve been with this company for about 11 months but recently received a job offer at another company with much better benefits and pay.

2020 34

updates: quitting if I can’t get Christmas off, being too needy with a boss, and more

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Am I being too needy with my new boss? And you were right, mostly it was normal new-job jitters. Luckily, my former boss wasn’t the only person I’d impressed, and I got traded to a different department and had to start learning an entirely different role from scratch – still remote from my (new) team. Evidently the extent of my job really was just to… be myself? And then my new boss left! It’s a special “where are you now?”

2020 29

will I ever find a job I like?

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A reader writes: I wrote a rambling letter to your blog a while ago when I was incredibly stressed out and floundering at my new job. While I feel like the malfunctions I’m dealing with at my current job are reason enough to leave, there’s a part of me that wonders: will I ever like any job I hold? I thought the job I started in April would be better, but my manager is terrible and the leadership of my team and department is very poor.

2018 30

A Potential Bad Manager

Evil HR Lady

It is generally known within the department at the non-managerial level that the reason my team leader got the position instead of me after the last team leader resigned is because she used her special relationship to sabotage my reputation with our manager while I was on maternity leave. You say it’s “well known” that she sabotaged your relationship with the boss while you were on maternity leave.

2008 100

A Potential Bad Manager

Evil HR Lady

It is generally known within the department at the non-managerial level that the reason my team leader got the position instead of me after the last team leader resigned is because she used her special relationship to sabotage my reputation with our manager while I was on maternity leave. You say it’s “well known” that she sabotaged your relationship with the boss while you were on maternity leave.

2008 100

coworkers want money from me for a lottery

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A reader writes: I just started a new job a few weeks ago. I am already aware that it will look bad that “the new girl” is the only staffer not contributing.). I recently learned that my coworkers gather an office lottery pool about two or three times per week. Since everyone contributes to it, my coworkers added money in my absence and asked me to pay them back.

forced to come to work sick, distracted manager, and more

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They’ve said if I don’t work at least half a day, I won’t have a job. It’s common in food service jobs for workers to be pressured to come to work even when sick (and it’s an industry that often doesn’t provide sick leave), but your employer is being especially bad by ignoring a call with your doctor. And frankly, no matter how you handle this, I’d start looking for another job, because your employer is horrible.).

2013 56

can’t take more than a week of vacation at a time, leaving work after dark, and more

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My question isn’t “is my company terrible and should I look for a new job immediately?” This is the first time in my life I’m actually able to afford taking longer than a week, so I’ve never looked into it at previous jobs, but I’m pretty sure this is just yet another one of my company’s many dysfunctions. Sometimes I need to email a request to a peer for a task that is part of their job duties.

2018 27

When should I leave education off my resume? | ResumeToReferral.com

Resume to Referral

Home About Free Mags Jobs Resume Services Advertise « Radio Interview with Teena Rose How do I handle lack of education in my resume? » When should I leave education off my resume? There are rare instances when leaving education off your resume is the best technique to securing more viable job opportunities. For example, a person who holds dual master’s degrees might find hiring companies less responsive for job openings requiring only a bachelor’s degree.

2010 52

Crooked Bosses

Evil HR Lady

He said it will give me 6 month unemployment and then my job will be here again. Therefore, he's under no obligation to keep you as an employee during a maternity leave. Second, you need to start looking for a new job immediately. Frequently, in jobs (and other relationships) we ignore all the flashing warning symbols because we're convinced that we have the special power to make everything all right. So, start looking for a new job.

2008 100

List of things I hate #3 | Penelope Trunk's Brazen Careerist

Penelope Trunk

Because if it’s so important to you, give it to the person who will do the best job. Maternity leave It’s not that I don’t like the topic. Take paid maternity leave no matter what. So even if you quit when maternity leave is over, take paid leave. The US makes women earn maternity leave. I used to be very sarcastic and worked hard to eradicate that from my life when I started my first job. Also paternity leave.

2010 67

resume lies | Blog ? Resumesimo.com : Your Daily Source of Jobs.

Resumesimo

In today’s competitive economy, many job seekers will do anything to get ahead, including lie on their resume to make the information look better. When employers have many job candidates to choose from, they are more likely to thoroughly verify each applicant’s experience. Many job applicants falsify their dates of employment to cover gaps in work history. The lies people tell tend to grow every year, and with the need to fill jobs, a good resume can speak a lot.

2011 40

updates: the boss’s baby, the stress exaggerator, and more

VRScout

I was genuinely really confused, freaked out and I was worried about my job. Starting a few days after I sent my first letter, I privately asked Jane and Fergus to leave me out of the situation. At this point, I was job searching because I felt like I just needed to get out of there. I went and reported it to HR to get job security and because I only saw this escalating further. I don’t have a new job yet, but for the time being, I’m financially secure.

2017 74

a happy ending

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A reader writes: I’ve been reading your blog for many years, starting when I was miserable and stuck in a role with an awful manager, and your advice has made a big impact on how I approach work and applying for jobs. Most recently, I was laid off last fall from my job at a small nonprofit. (My They hired me part-time so I could focus on job hunting. I also tried to pitch myself for a corporate job there as they’re in the process of expanding.

2019 35

updates: the coworker who lashes out, the dunce caps, and more

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My boss offered me paid sick leave to deal with all the accumulated work stress. After some therapy I realised I do want to stay in my job, but trying to work things out with Minerva was no longer an option. Unfortunately, there is no happy end – well, except for the fact that I am finally starting the new job next week! I was fired from the dunce cap tech company and taken a job at a nonprofit. It’s the last week of “where are you now?”

2020 26