Can I quit after taking Paternity leave?

Uber vQKa37
Jan 28 29 Comments

Expecting a little one soon!

But I also have plans to quit and move on from my current company...

Of course, I’d like to take full advantage of the 18 week paternity leave policy...

So.... can I simply give my two week notice when I return from paternity leave? What are the repercussions? What else do I need to consider?

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TOP 29 Comments
  • Nielsen TrilGates
    That you'll probably be burning bridges.
    Jan 28 4
    • New GMSK07
      Just give your team a heads up that that is what you intend to do. They will appreciate it
      Jan 28
    • Nielsen TrilGates
      Sure. But when do you notify them?
      Jan 28
    • Google lena33
      At the next day you are on paternity leave
      Jan 28
    • New GMSK07
      When you for sure have decided that you are leaving.
      Jan 29
  • Lyft jujuss
    Why would they be burning bridges? If they give proper notice, that he was on paternity leave just before should be irrelevant.
    Jan 28 1
    • Nielsen TrilGates
      I'm not saying there's anything wrong with the decision. I'm saying don't be surprised if the move leaves a bad taste in their mouths.
      Jan 28
  • This is burning bridges, but the degree of fire depends on the ratio of 18week/your_length_of_employment.
    Jan 28 0
  • Rubrik sadio
    Let’s just say it’s not illegal to be an asshole
    Jan 28 1
    • Amazon qhUc80
      The company would have no issue firing him the day after he got back if they didn’t want his position anymore. He should do what’s best for him.
      Apr 9
  • Amazon Bold4Chnge
    I don’t think this is burning bridges. You’ve worked there long enough that you’re entitled to the paternity leave. if it lines up with the job switch that’s just how it works. You don’t want to switch jobs right before the baby comes because you want to be able to focus on the baby and not a new job. One of the points of offering paternity leave is so men pay the career cost of parenting too and women aren’t such a target to be laid off as soon as they get pregnant. So enjoy your paternity leave. And start your next job when it makes the most sense for you.
    Jan 28 0
  • Google oldtmr
    Lots of people do this.
    I've interviewed candidates who are halfway through their parental leaves.
    They're making the decision of whether to go back to their prior role, find another role internally or go to another company.
    A common reason is that you may want a lower stress role or a shorter commute after your parental leave
    Jan 28 0
  • New DvVM00
    yes. it happens more than you’d think
    Jan 28 0
  • Square Sraf58
    ^^this. Also consider staying there for two more months after the leave and focus on in boarding others.
    Jan 28 0
  • Uber edb
    Nothing wrong with that. You are an employer of one. Do you think HR would hesitate to fire you two weeks after paternity leave?
    Jan 28 0
  • RingCentral Duck-Bezos
    You can quit after shitting in your pants as well.
    Jan 28 0
  • Evernote bakbak🐔
    Here is something you can consider. Take paternity leave and mid-way through tell your manager after talking with your significant other and spending some time thinking about it, assuming you are sure, you are considering leaving not too long after you return. Be open to talking about it and coming into work to talk more about it too and bring up some reasons why you are looking for other opportunities.

    The real bridges you burn is primarily with your manager. It’s not unheard of for people to quit after paternity leave. Things aren’t the same sometimes or you want more time with the kids. It does seem a little bad if you apply to places while on paternity leave tho so be mindful of that.

    Just keep in mind if you do this, they may consider firing you right there. You may still burn bridges. But IMO you won’t seem as huge of an asshole.
    Jan 28 2
    • Uber vQKa37
      OP
      Thank you!
      Jan 29
    • New DvVM00
      this is poor advice. this is a stupid lie for no benefit. it can be seen right through. just be honest. you will be fine.
      Jan 29
  • Abbott SeBw15
    I've seen someone who never came back from their paternity leave. I personally wouldn't burn Bridges like that but do it if you absolutely hate your job
    Jan 28 0
  • Proofpoint smay
    Come on it’s bay.. you have 100 companies to work. Who care...
    Jan 28 3
    • VMware BobbleHat
      It is a small world. Bridges move.
      Jan 28
    • Proofpoint smay
      In small world has 1000 companies, and u have 70 years to live
      Jan 29
    • VMware BobbleHat
      I ain’t working for 70 years. In any case, every company I’ve been to in Bay Area I walk into former colleagues that I didn’t even remember exist. Unless you are a real hermit, this will happen to you to.
      Jan 29
  • Yes
    Feb 6 0
  • Indeed Catsplains
    Sure it's your benefit they offer
    Jan 29 0
  • Wow damn you're nasty af. You'd be not only lose the opportunity to work at the same company again but also your kid as well.
    Jan 28 0
  • Collective Health pear
    It’s definitely burning bridges
    Jan 28 0
  • New Sluu
    How do you know for sure that you will join your next company exactly after 20 weeks ?
    Anyway if you transition everything nicely it will be forgotten - but 2 weeks is too less. Take 14/16 weeks paternity and work for 6/4 weeks before leaving
    Jan 28 0

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