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back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

I currently work at a school however my husband and i are thinking of trying for a baby. I understand that there is an 8 week "no work" period after having a baby and then an optional 8 week "no work" period but what about after that??

I have a contract that only allows me to resign on a certain date. Would i have to go back to work until this date?? I don't want to go back to work after these 16 weeks.
I have been working there for 1 year and work full time. Any advice that anyone could give me would be most appreciated!!

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Old 05.02.2010, 13:26
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

One important question. Can your husband support you and your baby since you wont be working?
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

Yes! I think so!! he doesn't earn a great deal but we think it's enoug to survive on.
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

Well make sure you will survive first
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

I think most depends on your contract conditions and the formal maternity policy of the school. Is there an official policy which gives you some options perhaps? I know a teacher at my child's school, she took her maternity leave and came back part time (working at first 2 days a week then 3, from previously 5). Maybe this is a good option to look into. If you don't plan or want to come back at all, I guess you would need to resign during your notice period.
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

I don't know about the details of your contract but generally in Switzerland, you receive 3 months maternity pay at 80% of your salary and then you either return to work as before and put your baby in daycare, or you become a stay at home mum and your husband would need to support you financially. I don't know about the details of your work contract but the maternity pay is something you can rely on.

Maybe you need to talk to your employer about the way your contract would work in the event of maternity, or maybe you should try to get pregnant at the right time for your baby to be born in line with when you can resign!!

Also, many women get signed off from work early by their doctor towards the end of the pregnancy as they are not considered fit for work.

Hope this is of some help!

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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

My understanding is:
14-16 (?can't remember which, sorry) weeks paid maternity leave by law.
After that you do not have to work at all up until 6 months after the birth (remainder of time off is unpaid leave) and then go back to work as normal. If you want reduced hours this is at your empoyers discretion, you may need a new contract and they don't have to do this. The same applies if you want longer than 6 months off, it is at the employers discretion and you may need to reapply for your old position.
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

Hi,
in Switzerland, you will get paid for 14 weeks after the birth of the baby 80% of your last earned salary while not having to work.
Of these 14 weeks, you are legally bound not to work 8 weeks, after which you could go back to work optionally, but only on your own request. No one could force you to go back, because you would loose your right to receive those 80% paid by the government.

After those 14 weeks, any employer can request you to come back, or ask you to hand in your resignation prior to that.
As you do not wish to go back to work, if I understand your contract correctly, you would have to get pregnant "timed" so that you can hand in your resignation either during your pregnancy for after the baby is born, or just until 2 weeks after the baby's birth. Do you know what I mean?
However, I guess I would have a chat with the school to ask what would happen in case, I would imagine, they'd agree easily to let you go if they could plan 6 months ahead, e.g. if you'd tell them once you're pregnant and the can plan
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

Legally you are entitled to 14 weeks paid maternity leave and another 2 can be taken unpaid. The 6 month thing you mention is not a legal requirement, I can only assume you have a good employer who voluntarily grants this extended maternity leave.

To the OP I would be wary of letting an employer know you were planning on getting pregnant unless you know for sure it will not bother them.

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My understanding is:
14-16 (?can't remember which, sorry) weeks paid maternity leave by law.
After that you do not have to work at all up until 6 months after the birth (remainder of time off is unpaid leave) and then go back to work as normal. If you want reduced hours this is at your empoyers discretion, you may need a new contract and they don't have to do this. The same applies if you want longer than 6 months off, it is at the employers discretion and you may need to reapply for your old position.
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

By the time you feel the need to tell your employer of your pregnancy (the timing of which is up to you unless work conditions are hazardous to the baby), and for 14 weeks after the birth of your baby, you're covered in that they cannot fire you or force you to resign.
Surely one of your resignation due dates falls within this time therefore I would not worry about talking to your employer until you want to announce a pregnancy.

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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

Thank you so much for the information. I am worried that my employer can force me to come back to workafter the 14 weeks... can i refuse or is this breaking my contract. My boss isn't particularly nice! Also I can only resign at the end of March but i still have to work the rest of the school year. Based on me getting pregnant this month, i would have to work for at least 5 months full time after my maternity leave. Is this right?? Sorry to ask so many questions.. it's all very confusing!!
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

Check out this link for all your maternity rights: http://www.travailsuisse.ch/de/syste...foM_e_webA.pdf

If you are still not clear then give them a call and they will be able to clarify the legal side for you.
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Re: back to work after maternity.. what are my options??

Hopefully you have enough clarity by now. I agree that this whole System is a little vague.


This booklet is really helpful if you have not seen it yet!


http://www.seco.admin.ch/dokumentation/publikation/00035/00036/01563/index.html?lang=en&download=NHzLpZeg7t,lnp6I0NTU04 2l2Z6ln1ad1IZn4Z2qZpnO2Yuq2Z6gpJCDeHt7gGym162epYbg 2c_JjKbNoKSn6A--
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Hopefully you have enough clarity by now. I agree that this whole System is a little vague.


This booklet is really helpful if you have not seen it yet!


http://www.seco.admin.ch/dokumentation/publikation/00035/00036/01563/index.html?lang=en&download=NHzLpZeg7t,lnp6I0NTU04 2l2Z6ln1ad1IZn4Z2qZpnO2Yuq2Z6gpJCDeHt7gGym162epYbg 2c_JjKbNoKSn6A--
The thread is 4 years old, hopefully the OP found her answer...
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The thread is 4 years old, hopefully the OP found her answer...
But the poster has reached 10 posts now.
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