Yeah, so, dealing with maternity leave is turning out to be stressful. At this point, labor sounds better than figuring this whole thing out.
Recently, our company was bought by another company — a big company – which means we’ve got a whole new set of rules to play by when it comes to maternity leave. [They have also assigned me a random number, which makes me feel really special. I asked if I could change my number to TK421. I would detail the entire conversation for you, but it was a boring conversation anyway.]
So, yeah, this company has their own maternity leave plan in lieu of the state plan. I hear the new company’s plan is better. I hope it is, but figuring it all out has been a pain in the placenta. The employee handbook seems to say two different things about maternity leave, and neither of those things are anything like the state plan.
And our new company intranet isn’t helping matters.
As I was researching and wading through all these details yesterday I started to get really upset. “They are trying to trick me into taking less time! I’m going to set this building on fire!” Luckily, my sister talked me out of committing arson.
Michelle: “I’m sure no one is trying to trick you.”
Me: “They want to destroy me!” [striking matches] “I will destroy them first.”
Michelle: “It’s going to get all figured out. You’ve got the ball rolling, and you’re right on schedule for getting everything completed on time.”
Me: “Thank you for talking me out of setting the building on fire … again.”
UPDATE: After meeting with HR, it seems like the new company plan is pretty good but – damn – there are a ton of forms to fill out.