We just found out my wife is pregnant. She's in the process of switching her employment status to what they call per diem, meaning she's not technically a full time employee, although she can (and will) work full time hours (she's an RN). The primary give and take in this situation is that she forfeits her benefits, but she gains ~$8/hour more.
My question is, does it make fiscal sense for her to continue through with per diem? My thoughts are this, but I'd really like some other insight:
- We have about $15,000 in immediately usable savings
- We have another $9,000 in savings, but designated for non-emergency spending
- She's under my healthcare, which is pretty exceptional
- She'd be losing short-term disability, which could cause a hiccup if she's put on bed rest for the last couple months
- She'd be losing PTO, which would cause call-in days (due to pregnancy) to be unpaid
- She'd be bringing in an extra ~$750/mo. from the bump in pay
- If she works 8 months, that's about $6000 after tax (2x her current monthly income)
- Short term disability pays at 50% her income (so during FMLA, a total of $4500)
So it seems that we could take a large % of her new paycheck, and save the $4500 ourselves, while banking an extra $1500. My primary concern though is if she needed more time off than the typical 12 weeks after giving birth. We have savings to cover bed rest (or other complications) for a couple months, but at that point relying on short-term disability from her full-time benefited position sounds more stable.
Are there factors here that I'm leaving out?