How to Negotiate A Work From Home Arrangement After Your Maternity Leave

It's really going to depend on the temperament of your DC. In short, all of this stuff can be pretty damn confusing. In some cases, you may have to pay back a portion of your benefits, so just make sure you ask your HR department for the fine print before you make this decision. Has anyone else had success picking up and doing part-time work from home that soon after delivery? Paid Family and Medical Leave , June

Dec 08,  · I did work from home part-time (15 hours a week) for the last two months of my 4-month maternity leave. As others have said, I waited because (1) the short-term disability policy prevented working and (2) I was a tired mess during the first couple months.

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If the employee normally works 40 hours per week, you could offer to let her work 5 hours per week from home and take 35 hours per week of intermittent FMLA. This means that she would qualify for 9 weeks of FMLA plus a few days, rather than 8 weeks, and would receive some income during this period.

She might agree to this arrangement because it would delay the date when she must return to work full time. Note that legally, an employee who is working for an hour is not on FMLA for that hour, by law.

If you use this arrangement, you must carefully track every hour the employee works and exclude it from her FMLA time. Also be aware that under state and federal minimum wage laws, the employee must be paid for any time she works. If she is hourly, she is entitled to payment for every hour or portion thereof that she works. If she is exempt, she is entitled to her full days salary on any day in which she spends even 5 minutes checking email.

If she is on unpaid FMLA, this time can be prorated. She can work 3 hours and be paid for 3 hours. We will say do not count on this FMLA arrangement. Many new mothers are completely overwhelmed by the babies demands and not able to work for 8 weeks or so afterwards, which is the intention of FMLA.

Also realize that this employee is legally entitled to continuous FMLA. You cannot punish her for not working during that period. This entry was posted on Wednesday, June 30th, at 8: You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. You can leave a response , or trackback from your own site. I think you have a great page here today was my first time coming here..

I just happened to find it doing a google search. If you are on std can you do a one time job for another company such as a flu clinic if it doesnt violate you medical restrictions? A worker on short term disability needs to report any and all income received. Normally, working any time at all will reduce your disability benefits. While working a different job may be lawful, it is socially awkward.

Overall, it is just not a smart thing to do. HTH, and thanks for reading teh blogs! Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. My policy covers weeks depending on delivery method at full pay, but would have stopped paying as soon as I billed even a single hour.

I did work from home part-time 15 hours a week for the last two months of my 4-month maternity leave. As others have said, I waited because 1 the short-term disability policy prevented working and 2 I was a tired mess during the first couple months. What worked for me was - taking on some fairly routine assignments that I could do without too much brainpower - Working an hour or two in the evenings after my son had gone to sleep or on weekends when my husband was around.

This was the only time that I really focused well on work, but I might have had more luck during the day if I had a better napper. I am really happy that I managed to do this because it allowed me to stretch out the time that I was home and being paid. It also helped with the transition back to the office, since I was already mentally back in work mode.

Yes, I phased back in part-time from home during my official maternity leave. It was a great balance for me, and I was really glad I was able to make it work. In terms of tips, I agree with the posts above. Do everything possible to take the first month completely off to recover, get into the swing of things, and enjoy your baby!!! Yes, you'll have some downtime while your baby is napping, but trust me when I say you'll need that time for a million other things besides working.

It's so important to take care of yourself, especially in the beginning! When you're ready to phase back in a bit, be sure to arrange some child care coverage. Whether it's your spouse, a grandparent or a by-the-hour babysitter, I really appreciated feeling "off-duty" during the time I was working.

Even when the baby is napping, you never really know for how long in the beginning, so without a babysitter I found I was distracted and wondering how much time I had. Having a caretaker there to take the lead really made a difference. BTW, I breastfed while working from home and otherwise was in the same room with my baby much of the time I was writing, but someone else was tending to her. Also, I agree with the bit about under-promising. I was careful to frame the time I spent working as a voluntary accomodation -- not a requirement.

That mindset allowed me to say no to anything that felt remotely like an imposition. For example, I had a bright line rule against in-person meetings and telephone calls before 10 am during leave.

And it also meant that people were grateful -- I never felt taken for granted. In all, I feel like I got the best of both worlds. Maternity leave is a wonderful and amazing time, but it can also be exhausting and isolating.

Working from home here and there with a babysitter on site gave me a bit of balance and helped ease my transition when leave was over. I'm the biggest planner so if you are anything like me you'll hate this answer, but I've had and seen even more babies of SUCH different temperments.

Would NOT have worked with my second Can you wait to see how you feel re the situation one month out? I agree with the PP. It's really going to depend on the temperament of your DC.

If you do decide to work, definitely have some childcare arrangements so you can get out of the house to work.

My DC refused to take a bottle even of BM from anyone and it was horrible to be here with her screaming and needing to do other things. I had three months partially paid maternity leave. I was checking emails at work every so often during the first month, and actually got more separation from work the longer I was gone!

I had made no promises at all to work, though, and I am glad that was the case. I had a super easy recovery and baby, but its still really hard to focus on a project for any amount of time.

Remember that you will likely be feeding DC every hours. In between the actual feeding there is burping, changing, crying, playing and then sometimes sleeping. I was able to check the occasional email, but any type of project that needed attention for more than about minutes would have been overwhelming, and not done very well.

But also, remember--you do not get those first few months back. This is your time to bond and get to know your little one. Take advantage of it, and don't feel bad about it! I couldn't have afforded a part-time sitter and didn't have family close by, so a combination of working evenings, weekends and naptime really worked for me.

It helped that this was a temporary arrangement, though. If I was doing something like this long-term, it would definitely be hard without child care. I returned to work 2 weeks after having my baby. I was exhausted, but really the newborn stage is the easiest. The baby mainly slept all day while I worked on the computer and made calls. I had the baby on my lap most of the time snuggled in the boppy while he nursed.

Made nursing really easy. I work, he nursed all day. Once my baby hit 3 months, I had to hire some part-time help.

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