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Can I start my parental leave before my child is born, so that I don’t hit the bench? My current roll off date lines up with my wife’s delivery date and it’s looking like the baby is going to come late.

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Bench = bonus leave time without taking leave

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Why is utilization such a big concern for you? Is yours unusually low? I’m not at Deloitte but I recently left pwc and everyone’s utilization is so high that it’s not even something to stress over

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Ur so not ready for parenthood.. just enjoy the period of excitement., what are u worried about utilization for in this phase of ur life…

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First time dad here.. my child is a month old now and I completely agree with this!!

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Hard to explain why you need to go on Parental Leave, prior to being a parent. And what’s the big deal about being on the bench, prior to leave? Your HR partner should not have an issue.

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Was on bench for 7 weeks before leave and still got promoted. They didn’t want to give me a project and have me leave for 12 weeks. Realistically, they don’t expect much. Just be available but most of the time it will be CHILL

If you are a birth mother you can start up to two weeks prior to due date if you produce a doctor’s letter supporting a medical need. Separately, how can you tell if baby will come late? Has your wife a history of carrying babies post term?

Yeah just hit the bench for a week and prep for the baby. No harm in a week especially when you’re project legitimately ended. Plus don’t burn parental leave when you don’t have to

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