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If I know I want to request r a flexible work arrangement (reduced schedule) for when I come back from maternity leave, when should I request it?

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I suggest asking about it right around the time you start discussing your mat leave plans (how long you’ll be out, transition, leave benefits pay schedule, etc). A more formal request should come after you understand what’s possible and how flexible your company is. Depending the length of your leave, you may want to wait until a little before your last few days/weeks just so there’s a better understanding of what contingency looks like while you’re out so you’re teams can figure out a the right solution. That said, you can wait until you’re on leave and have a better understanding of how much flexibility you actually want or need. If this is your first, you may want to get settled into a schedule before making any major decisions. I had a baby this past January and my wants / needs changed significantly while I was on leave. I’ve since changed jobs and pretty much negotiated a very flexible WFH / remote arrangement post- pandemic due to new feelings I had about what I really wanted.

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I would say - discuss the possibility of that but leave the final decision closer to when you will actually be coming back. Your outlook might change significantly regarding timing and many other things

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WF makes a really good point. What you think you want/need when you leave, might not be what you want upon return.

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Probably should discuss it along with your maternity leave with your teams to see how flexible they are and they have advance notice to plan out the schedule.

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I started the discussions soon after telling my partners I was pregnant

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I started the discussion while I was on leave.

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Same.

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I started the conversation while I was on leave.

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Few weeks before you are about to resume

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Before you return from your leave. Don’t go on a reduced schedule before maternity leave - you don’t want reduced maternity leave pay after working FT hours!

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That didn’t happen with me. My pay was FT through my leave. PT when I returned. I signed an agreement to that effect

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