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    Default New Job - Parental Leave Question

    Hi guys,

    So in the same week I was offered a job and found out I was pregnant. I hate my current job which I've been in for 3 years and I was looking at leaving anyway, so there's no option of staying. However, with the new job, I'll only have been with them for 8-ish months before I have the baby.

    Their parental leave policy only applies to employees who've been there for 12 months or longer, so they 'can't guarantee' that I will either a) get mat leave or b) have a job when I return.

    My question is for people who've been in similar situations. Did they let you go as soon as you had to go on leave to have the baby? How likely is it my job will still be there when I come back? Does it depend on the employer, regardless of their policy? Will I still be eligible for Centrelink maternity leave payment if I lose my job?

    Any advice/similar stories/help would be appreciated.

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    Before I answer, what's the maternity leave policy at your current job?

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    The same. But I've already resigned, so.

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    Is your new job a permanent position? If yes, they have to give you your job back when you come back. You won't be eligible to receive paid maternity leave but they have to give you maternity leave (unpaid) for up to 12 months which you are allowed to extend for another 12 months (so up to 24 months). Hope that helps.

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    It is at the employer's discretion whether to allow mat leave and hold your position or not as there is no obligation to do so unless you've completed 12 months continuous service. Hopefully they allow it, good luck.

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    How long are you planning to take off?

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    Quote Originally Posted by leah5714 View Post
    Is your new job a permanent position? If yes, they have to give you your job back when you come back. You won't be eligible to receive paid maternity leave but they have to give you maternity leave (unpaid) for up to 12 months which you are allowed to extend for another 12 months (so up to 24 months). Hope that helps.
    I don't think they're required to unless you've been there 12 months but I could be wrong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leah5714 View Post
    Is your new job a permanent position? If yes, they have to give you your job back when you come back. You won't be eligible to receive paid maternity leave but they have to give you maternity leave (unpaid) for up to 12 months which you are allowed to extend for another 12 months (so up to 24 months). Hope that helps.
    This is incorrect

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apple iPhart6 View Post
    I don't think they're required to unless you've been there 12 months but I could be wrong.
    That's what I thought too.
    That's why I asked how long you planned to take off. If it was minimal (like 6 weeks or something) you might be able to negotiate that time off without pay or by taking annual leave accrued at half pay or something.

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    Default New Job - Parental Leave Question

    Yeah, personally I would have stayed in the current position. You're entitled to not only the government PPL but also the paid maternity leave from your company as well. I was just waiting to hear if it had a paid maternity leave policy before saying that because if there was no paid mat leave at the previous job then I wouldn't hesitate to leave. Leaving the current job means screwing yourself out of however much paid mat leave you would've been entitled to.

    ETA: I would think about it over the weekend and seriously consider asking to retract your resignation. The paid mat leave from your current job would got a long way while you're on leave.


 

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