Does Disability Insurance Cover Pregnancy?

I recently started writing for brightpeak Financial and one of my first topics for them is one I wish I’d been aware of before I got pregnant in 2011.aood3vqkefq-freestocks-orgFor this piece, I got to interview a couple friends who used short-term disability benefits to help replace part of their income while they took unpaid maternity leave after the birth of their children.

As I mention in the piece, half of two-parent households in the U.S. have both parents working full-time, yet the U.S. is the only developed nation that does not mandate ANY paid leave for new parents.

I was fortunate. I’d been with my employer for more than five years so I was able to use six weeks of accumulated PTO for maternity leave and take another two weeks unpaid. But when people haven’t been with their employer very long or don’t have as generous vacation benefits, short-term disability can help bridge the gap.

Head over to the brightpeak Financial blog and check out my post, Does Disability Insurance Cover Pregnancy.

Have you used disability benefits during pregnancy? What are your thoughts?

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How to Handle Your Finances After Divorce

When I started my freelance writing career, I almost never did interviews for the pieces I wrote. I just researched the topic and went from there. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot more interviews and, despite my tendency toward introversion, I am really coming to enjoy them.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

When Magnify Money asked me to write a guide on handling your financial life after divorce, I got the chance to interview two Certified Divorce Financial Analysts (CDFAs), Dan Burges from Ameriprise in Southlake, TX and Avani Ramnani from Francis Financial in New York, NY.

They had some great advice, not just for the immediate aftermath, but information you can use long after the ink on your divorce decree is dry.

You can check out the guide here.

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A Top Employee Left, Now What?

While most of my writing projects revolve around taxes, accounting and personal finance, occasionally I get a chance to write about careers. It’s a topic I really enjoy. Despite the fact that I’ve never worked in human resources in any official capacity, I’ve always been sort of the “go-to person” for friends and family members looking for advice on resumes, career development and interviewing.leader

Funny story . . .

Years ago, a friend (for simplicity’s sake we’ll call him Mike) wanted to switch career paths. Mike had been working in management in the hospitality industry but really wanted to go after an open position as the Executive Director of a local non-profit. Despite having no experience working in the non-profit world, Mike was a hard worker, a natural leader and excellent at managing projects, people and budgets. All skills that would translate well to this new position.

The night before Mike was to submit his resume, I was on an audit in Minden, Nevada. Mike asked if he could email me his resume to proofread. Whoa. It was a trainwreck. Full of typos and he’d listed just about every task he’d ever performed at every job he’d ever held. If I remember correctly, that thing was four pages long! Nobody looking at that resume would be able to decipher how his experience would translate to the new position.

Hey, some people just aren’t good resume writers.

I stayed up half the night completely re-writing the resume for him, consolidating experience, taking out what wasn’t necessary, and polishing the important parts so the board couldn’t help but see that he had what it takes.

Mike got the job, and eight years later, he is still there!

Of course, I can’t take full credit. He aced the interview and had the skills to excel there, but I can’t help but feel like my resume gave him the chance to show that.

So lately I’ve had the opportunity to write on a few career topics for Accounting Principals. Check out a couple of the blogs I’ve written for them:

A Top Employee Left, Now What?

How to Identify Leaders

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