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This may not be the right place to post this but I am kind of stuck.
I am 13 weeks pregnant now, and it is likely that I will not miscarry this pregnancy :) and I am was thinking that sooner or later I have to tell the my manager, but I am not sure how much detail I have to discuss with her, what I do know, is I want similar treatment to the lady who went on leave last September, eg, lighter work near the end and whole 12 months of maternity leave, do you think if I just say that “I am pregnant, and would like to apply for my maximum leave entitlement” it would be enough for now? :confused:
I also need to inform my branch manager in writing, (although he already knows) but not sure what to put on paper so I won’t close my options for later on. How did you guys tell your boss/manger and work colleague the news? Any tips and wisdom is appreciated. (BTW I am a public federal employee)
When i first found out that i was pregnant i I told my boss straight away as i was working with children and doing physical work eg heavy lifting but i asked her not to tell anyone until i was 12/13 weeks, plus i told the girl i was directly working with. Then once i told everyone that i was pregnant it was fine they knew why i was running to the toilet (morning sickness), i worked up until 36 weeks and the girls i worked with were fantastic i didn't have to pick kids up or change their nappies or do any heavy lifting, they were very helpful.
At my work we had a policy handbook stating that we had to give a months notice in writing when we would be going on maternity leave. Although my boss said the week before would be fine. Six weeks before i went on maternity leave i asked to only work 4 days which they allowed and then i went on maternity leave a week early. Honesty is the best way with your employers , i also gave notice a week in advance or when i found out the dates of my hospital appointments so they could replace me for the day and not at the last minute.
I recently went down to work to tell them when i will be returning to work which will be in 4 weeks time which they were fine with.
- I would look into your workplace policy on maternity leave or ask one of your work colleagues who has been on maternity leave,
I think that since you work in an office environment that you need only give essential details: obviously that you are pregnant and the date you are due, but also that you expect that you will take the full 12 months mat leave and asking if there is an option to reduce your workload as you get closer to your due date. You are not bound to definitely take the 12 months at any time and can request to come back early or take longer (not exceeding 52 weeks) if you want.
I don't think a manager needs to know much more than this at the moment. It helps if you are comfortable with your Manager, because you may need to take time off to go to appointments etc so you want them on your side!!
You are legally entitled to paid time off for your appointments.
I work for state governemnt. I have worked witht he same boss for quite a few years so telling her was easy as we get on well and I told her when we were out to dinner with a few others I've worked with over an extended period of time.
However to make it all official I had to write a memo to get all my leave approved and in that I detailed what I wanted re date to finish work how long I wanted off, and so therefore a propsoed return date and included the right to return early if I wish and that I want to return part time and that I will negotiate part time hours when I am due to return. It was all approved no worries.
Hopefully you have no problems and I hear federal govt has 14 weeks paid maternity leave? I hope so for you as that is a great provision if it is true.
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