I’ve mentioned my first miscarriage before, I know. But what I realized today is that I didn’t mention how fantastic my employer was at the time. And, technically, I’m not even employed by them.
You see, I’m a full-time contractor to my biggest, and currently only, client. That means that while on the surface of things I act like an employee in my day-to-day operations, I reap the benefits of being self-employed. And there are lots when it comes to tax.
What I don’t get, though, is sick leave. Or holiday pay. Or maternity leave.
So, when I found out I was pregnant last December David and I quickly went into ‘maternity leave’ financial mode. All money was headed to savings and we were gearing up for a 3 month leave for me. And then the pregnancy went quickly downhill.
In those first few weeks, I was also meant to attend an industry conference that was key for our organisation and the main calendar
event of the year. And when I called our company owner to ask if I could miss the event, do you know what he said?
He said that he would fire me if I attended. That the most important (more…)