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My direct manager just asked me to go upstairs with her to talk to our area supervisor.  I had a funny feeling about it but tried to chalk it up to paranoia as I walked up to her office.  The company has decided not to hold my job open for me when I finish maternity leave.  I'm covered through the end of March in terms of my health insurance and of course I have the option of using COBRA. 

They explained that it would be difficult to train a temp to do what I do and that they didn't come to this decision because they don't like me or because they don't like my work. To the contrary I'm "very good" and "all of the consultants like working with me."

Now, I had pretty much decided that I wasn't going to go back to work for awhile after Joey is born anyway but I'm still kind of upset by this turn of events.  It makes it feel weird to be sitting at my desk and going about my work.  I feel like they stole my thunder or something.  It was different when I was holding the cards and knew I wasn't coming back, but to be told that it's not even an option kind of smarts.

I was honest and said that it was something I was considering because of the cost of daycare and that down the line if they need additional help-- or even in a busy period if they just need someone for a week to give me a call.   The area supervisor ensured me that they're not looking to burn bridges or sever all ties so there may be a time for me to come back.  I told them that if they find someone before I go out that I would be okay with helping to train him or her.  In retrospect and feeling the way I'm feeling now, I'm not sure that that is true. 

I'm all mopey now, heading into Super Bowl weekend, feeling rejected.



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Feb. 3rd, 2006 11:36 pm (UTC)
I think I would feel the same way, Julie. It sucks that you were not 100% responsible for the decision. At least bridges are not burnt though.
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
There's a chance that when I'm ready to go back to work that there's a place here for me. I'd consider it, probably as a last ditch offer though.
Feb. 4th, 2006 02:21 pm (UTC)
That totally sucks, and I don't even know if its legal? How many people work there, how long have you been there? Not that it matters since you weren't returning anyway, but still!

Well, these next few months are gonna be looooooong. When you know you are done at a job, its really hard to stay motivated!!
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:22 pm (UTC)
Like I wrote to Meg, I'm not sure that it *is* legal and I need to research it. But the company is a little over 40 people but I've only been here six months.

I have, at most, five weeks to go and they're already looking really really long. I can go out on disability 4 weeks before my due date but I'm trying to hold on to get as much income as possible. But considering that disability is 60% of your pay and Andy's day care is 50% of my pay, going out on disability might actually be a little more profitable because Andy would be at home with me.

Something to discuss with Steve...
Feb. 4th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry! Are they even legally allowed to do that? I mean, here, they didn't hold my job open for me but they were legally obligated to give me an "equivalent" position (it wasn't, but whatever) when I did return.
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:19 pm (UTC)
I'm sketchy on the legal status of it. I keep meaning to see if I can find any info. I'm not sure if the law applies to me since I've only been here six months.
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:23 pm (UTC)
OK, based on that, you're not eligible for protection under FMLA. However, many states (and I don't know if NJ is one of them) have more strict rules for companies and so you'd be well-advised to check out state employment law.

To be eligible for FMLA protection you have to have worked at the place at least 12 months and for 1250 hours total. There's other requirements too.
Feb. 5th, 2006 10:11 am (UTC)
I totally understand and would feel the same way. Like George Costanza once said, "I have hand!" Like as in, you had the upper hand until they pulled the rug out from under you. Bleh. I'm sorry. I'm sure there's something much better in store for you though! :)
Feb. 8th, 2006 03:11 pm (UTC)
It really did bother me a lot more than I thought it would. Now I feel weird in the office. I'm totally not motivated and I'm just ready to be done but for the sake of $$$ I'm trying to hold on as long as possible.
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