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    Has he given you feedback in the last 12 months re what you can improve on @bbhope? Regardless don't worry about it. Focus on the baby

    Oh didn't occur to me it might break in public transport. That would be embarrassing!

    Did anyone check out the Brownlow red carpet?

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    How can they make you redundant if they replace you with another person for exactly the same role? I thought they need to at least change the role description by 30%? That's our company's policy. I know people got made redundant during mat leave but they were really happy about it. Take the money and find another job. I wouldn't mind redundancy but probably not now as I'd rather keeping the same job when i return. I really like my job. If not, I'll be up to take redundancy package and find something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Minib View Post
    How can they make you redundant if they replace you with another person for exactly the same role? I thought they need to at least change the role description by 30%? That's our company's policy. I know people got made redundant during mat leave but they were really happy about it. Take the money and find another job. I wouldn't mind redundancy but probably not now as I'd rather keeping the same job when i return. I really like my job. If not, I'll be up to take redundancy package and find something else.
    Dodgy huh...
    You would think that in this age employers wouldn't be so under handed with stuff like that, women's rights especially

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    Agree @Tanej78 mat leave is temporary. Why would company lose their good employees because of short term break. So short sighted.

    I got a new job / promotion about 12 months ago. I applied for the job. During interview I was honest that I'm trying for a baby. They know my history of miscarriage. The big big big boss said so what, you will come back after your mat leave. What's the issue here? Not even a discussion. I was grateful! I got the job obviously.

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    @Tanej78: the HR sounds like they are doing us a favour by changing the policy. But the truth is that the policy they set it up only works for the admin staff, it doesn't work for specialists like us. We still expect to do telecon when we are on leave. This is to keep in touch what's going on with the project. I am fine with couple phone calls every now and then. Our role is not replaceable when on leave. Of course, unless you get fired. they claim that if DH is accessing parental leave, I cannot work part time since he will be declared as primary carer. What kind of logic is that? He is entitled to what he has. He isn't even sure he want to take the full time parental leave after 6 months. He would rather work part time but it isn't allowed either of he wants to access even one day of the parental leave per week.

    Financially, it is better off he takes his full time paid parental leave and I go back full time because we will be on two pay checks. But am more than happy to take half pay and spend more time with bub until he is one year old. Anyway, our situation is quite complicated and DH doesn't want to argue with them and just worry about the first 6 months agreement first.

    Oh...my friend who worked for a mining company has just made redundant after returning from maternity leave. But she is happy to be a stay home mom. I have another friend who also works for a mining company. I can't believe that she has 1.5 yr leave. That's a LOT! She went on leave when she was 5 months pregnant!!! I don't know the detail but part of it is half paid. Still, a lot......I am not sure if she will still have her job when she goes back, though. She is quite high up so that might be the reason no one can get rid of her.

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    @bbhope your company policy sounds bizarre. But we are in different industry. I'm in corporate world and I suspect we have better policy to protect employees. Having said that my employment contract did said they can terminate my employment with 6 weeks notice period. My DH gets 2 weeks paid parental leave that's it. And I think they must be taken consecutively

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    @Minib: we are quite independent for what we do. We have projects and we suppose to self manage. My goal is one paper per year. Boss wants to push for 2 but given the circumstance in the past 3 yrs, i just couldn't be bothered. Feedback once a year at the annual review. Otherwise, the rest of the time is just informal discussion. This is the first time he has seen the project result.

    Oh... @Tanej78: I am on contract. They don't even have to make me redundant. Boss said that he will extend the contract based on the maternity leave I take but didn't mention if he will keep me afterward. Kinda tired of keep proving myself game.

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    i can't believe company's dare to do this and have the heart to do this. Imagine if their wifes, sisters etc were treated this way? horrible!!

    I would be really unhappy if they made me redundant whilst on mat leave. I want to stay with my work so i can go part time and work from home as well. I've busted my a$$ off here and they appreciate it (as they should). So i expect them to treat me with respect whilst i take time off. Which they do and i'm grateful for. It's give and take. I'm the same as you minib - got promoted recently but i didn't tell them i'm trying. Actually i was pregnant when it happened. To me it doesn't make a difference. I get promoted based on merit not based on if i'm having a baby.

    As for parental leave i believe our work place is the same. You have to be the primary carer to be eligible for it. so if dh took time parental leave, i wouldn't be eligible for it. I suppose you could lie but then you would be both at home not getting paid! We only get 3 months paid parental leave.

    On a lighter note - yes watching the red carpet. Some look very glamorous! Esp the pregnant lady...her dress was pretty amazing!

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    DH gets more than 2w because they promote equal right. So he will try to access some of it. However, no male colleagues do that. I just found out that some didn't even take the 2w. Shocking. Sure, I understand that if DH is a primary carer, I cant. He suggested half time primary carer so I can go back half time so is he. But apparently it doesn't work that way. When you are on parental leave, it doesn't matter half time of full time. you have to go off grid. No work. Period. As I said, it just doesn't work in our industry. That's why half time is so important for us. Anyway, that's after 6 months agreement. I won't worry for now. I am off 4 months full and then part time on my parental leave.

    Having baby is a taboo topic in our industry. No one talks about it. Imagine telling boss when you are just about to get contract renewed.......

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    Your industry sounds very female unfriendly @bbhope. Just so weird. In these days and age surely it's better than this.

    What does half time primary carer mean @bbhope? In my company, I'm eligible if my DH is at work. Our company also offers 3 months paid parental leave for both female and male as long as primary carer. Most male don't take it. They only take the 2 weeks.

    Oh wow informal discussion is still a discussion. If your boss didn't bother to give some constructive feedback throughout the year, there should be no surprised at year end. But maybe our industries are just so different.
    @Gelati was that Elise swallow or nadia Bartel? Both are pregnant and both are super gorgeous. Elise swallow 36 weeks and nadia Bartel is around 32/33 weeks I think. Far out! So tiny haha

    Agree. Promotion is based on merit so well done @Gelati


 

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