This is part GQ and part IMHO. My apologies in advance.
Here’s my situation:
My wife is 5 months pregnant. Currently, she is working full time at a company she REALLY likes alot. She was hoping that when everything was said and done, she might be able to return in from her 3 month maternity leave to a part-time position, since neither of us relishes the idea of leaving a newborn in daycare, and we would be able to make arrangements on the few days she worked that we would both be happy with.
Unfortunately, the boss finally broached the subject today. The possibility of a part-time position is not going to be an option apparently- no hard feelings; the company is being honest and up front. Great, right?
However, her boss wants her to let her know by the end of July whether or not she plans on returning from maternity leave.
My very strong feeling on this is for her to tell the boss “yes”, and just ride out maternity leave.
(the GQ) If my wife were to tell her boss that she has no plans of returning when maternity leave is up, could they still legally let her go early, which would strip her of her short term maternity leave pay?
(the IMHO) Any Dopers with direct experience in this issue, from either the employee or management side?
Feel free to let me know what you think we should do: keep it secret or let it be known?
Thanks in advance,
P.S. My wife isn’t due til November.