Dear Evil HR Lady,
I’m seven months pregnant now (due Dec. 5), and I plan on quitting and staying at home for at least a year while I finish up grad school part-time. I have two female supervisors that I get along very well with, although they can be quite ruthless about work. I originally planned on telling them this month that I won’t be coming back after I have the baby, but many friends disagree with my plan. My husband is a consultant, so I don’t have the option of getting on his insurance. We plan on using COBRA then going private (which I know is expensive, but he is technically compensated for private insurance — we’ve just been on mine for the past three years).
I really don’t want to jeopardize my relationship with my main boss since she’ll be so critical in helping me do policy consulting in the future once I have my masters. I’m torn about what to do, and every time I’ve made my mind up, I end up changing it again. I want to do the ethically right thing and maintain a good relationship with my bosses, but I also don’t want to unnecessarily pay an outrageous amount for the delivery.
We’ve called a few insurance companies and we’ll probably do COBRA to cover birth and delivery (unless the baby arrives while I’m still covered by my current insurance), then we’ll have to get a private insurance. If I work at my current job until near my delivery date, can delivery still be covered by insurance since I’ve technically paid for it at that point? Should I just tell them that I plan on coming back and then let them know during my (unpaid) maternity leave that I’m not coming back?
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