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Adoption leave vs redundancy - your advice needed please

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OneMoreForExtra Thu 15-Sep-16 20:15:43

Hello, I mainly lurk but have benefited massively from the wisdom on this board. After 2 long years of waiting and having almost given up, now at last we have a realistic prospect of a match, on a foster to adopt placement. The trouble is, I'm on a long-term secondment which is due to end in 6 weeks. My employer has been dragging its feet about decisions, which suited me to some extent as one of the things that might happen is redundancy, which of course would take me out of their adoption leave scheme. But they have now asked for a meeting next week to sort out plans. I think the options are redundancy, a new position in the company, or an offer of a temporary project. Ideally I'd get in first and say that I'm going on adoption leave. But busy SW schedules mean the baby's team can't visit for 3 weeks, so I wont know whether we've cleared that hurdle till after I talk to my employer. What's the best plan, in your view?

A: sit tight and see what happens, hoping I get a) a new long term position from which I can take adoption leave and b) a finalised match

B: tell work that we're nearly there and will want to take adoption leave if the placement is approved, which I will know in X weeks time, so that this info is part of the context for the meeting

C: Delay the work meeting, which I could probably do by a week, and try to hurry up SW to visit and decide so I talk to work with all the facts

I'm leaning towards B, as I'm a full disclosure kind of gal, but it could backfire. Anyone been in a similar situation please?

MintyLizzy9 Thu 15-Sep-16 20:52:56

Hi, great news about the potential match, keeping everything crossed for you!

My friend had this issue also, in the end he worked out how much money he would receive for 12 months adoption leave and how much redundancy pay was being offered (voluntary redundancy situation). The latter was more money in the bank so he went with that! Benefit was that his partner was then able to take adoption leave and they had almost a year with both parents at home when the LO's arrived.

I would also consider how difficult you think it may be to return after time off, depending on your role/industry.

I wouldn't say anything to them until you have a better idea if the link will be taken further.

OneMoreForExtra Thu 15-Sep-16 22:00:43

Thanks Minty. Sounds like your friend landed well - how lovely. In my case a redundancy settlement would only cover costs for 3-4 months, so would tide me over while I looked for a new job but wouldn't buy 12 months on adoption leave. OK, so that's a vote for A or C!

matimeo Thu 15-Sep-16 22:38:37

I'd vote C if possible. It depends very much on what your employer is like, but I'd want to have given written notice of at least intention to take adoption leave before they had chance to give notice of intent to consider redundancy.

Light a fire under the SWs (while being very sweet about it).

Hels20 Thu 15-Sep-16 22:50:52

Depends whether you want to leave the company and how easy it will be to find another job if you want to go back.

Personally, I would go for B and C- you have better protection.

OneMoreForExtra Thu 15-Sep-16 23:03:41

Sounds like I'm contacting SW tomorrow. Fortunately I have a lovely SW. Get on very well with my employer, and think they'd try to get things working out, but ultimately if there's no job, there's no job... Thanks everyone!

UnderTheNameOfSanders Fri 16-Sep-16 21:16:10

No help at all really, but I got both!
I had a year's adoption leave and then got made redundant at the end (which was great as I would have resigned anyway but they paid me to leave).

OneMoreForExtra CONGRATULATIONS on the prospect of a match. Great news after waiting so long. thanks

In your shoes I would not want to do anything at all to jeopardize anything to do with the adoption. So if you do hassle/encourage your social worker I'd make sure they knew it was because I was so keen to adopt and not because I needed to tell my employer anything.

Can I ask - does your employer know you are planning to adopt? Assuming they do, they should know that a match could come at any time and could fall through at any time too. So if you have made them aware of the situation, which I think is only fair, then you've told them. If not, they should know this, IMHO.

That said, if they know you are planning on adopting I don't think you are under any obligation to tell them 'full disclosure' because you simply do not know what will happen yet.

If you can afford to not work and do not want to work then I would say go for the redundancy, if that is what you want, and make it clear to your employer you would be keen on this if offered.

Likewise, if you do not like your place of work, at all, and there are no jobs there you would want to do, I would also, probably, go for the redundancy.

I often used to fantasize about being a stay at home mum, but we could not afford it! Now, 18 months after returning to my part time job, I am actually quite happy (but it did take me a full year to get back into it after a year off!).

So if work is something you want to avoid and can afford to avoid, or the workplace if not a good place to be, go for redundancy.

However, if you would need to return to work post adoption I would be very cautious about leaving a job or making it easy for them to let you leave. This is because it is sometimes (I would say most often) easier to negotiate a good part-time package in a job you like (or as a job share) from a position of doing that job already (even if you are currently full time), than to simply go and look for a part time role in your chosen job.

I think as an existing employee you may get to negotiate days and times in a way you would not by walking into a new job as a mum.

So I would go for A, get the best possible next job you can and if/when you need to leave, leave for the full amount of time you want to take and return to your job. I found returning to a job I knew or at least a place I knew (I seemed to have forgotten a lot!) was much easier after our adoption - as opposed to returning to work after our birth daughter where I had to a take a less interesting/less fun part-time job having left my full time job when I was not offered the chance to do that job part time.

I do hope that all makes sense! Message me if it does not.

And if you are the kind of person who really needs to know all the facts before a meeting then do delay the meeting but remember you may still not have all the facts when you meet and delaying might then not be in your best interests if it means missing a good work opportunity! I know your head will not be in 'work' but if you will need to return to work i a year you do need to think what would best accommodate working and being a new mum.

OneMoreForExtra Sun 18-Sep-16 16:14:42

Sanders what perfect synching!

Italian I want the adoption leave, if the adoption is on. Which I wont know before my meeting, most likely. But if they're intending to make me redundant, the only way I can head it off is to tell them I'm adopting before they give me notice of redundancy, as Matimeo has said, which I'd be doing before the SW have confirmed it's going ahead. so risky.

Following advice on here I've asked SW if they can speed up - the problem is they're taking another case to court first which takes priority - and we'll see. Meanwhile, I think I'll contact work and say this is a possibility and then keep everything even more crossed than they already are, if that's possible! Thanks everyone!

campervancharlie Sun 18-Sep-16 21:09:33

I am no expert in business law, but I imagine that, whether the adoption has been formally given a date or not, if you were to give your employer a letter stating that it was imminent, it would be hard for them to offer you redundancy without it looking as though they were trying to get out of paying for adoption leave.
Hope you are able to get some sleep smile

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