Hi. I would love some advice so will give some background info. I'm 8.5weeks pregnant with #2. I started as a casual employee at my job in August. My bosses are very happy with me and have been pretty good with giving me lots of work and accounting for my childcare schedule. Unfortunately the nature of my job is unpredictable. I lecture at a university and in our international department we have short semesters so the amount of work depends on ever-changing student numbers. Since August I've been working 2.5 days a week which is exactly what I wanted but from next week it will go back to 1.5 days a week with a possibility if an extra day depending on student numbers-no idea yet.
I've spoken to HR about what I should do and as expected the regular laws don't apply because I've not worked there for at least 12 months. My due date is 5 days before the 12 months. So my bosses can do whatever they like depending on their goodwill. As I said they have been good to me so far BUT both bosses dislike kids (their words), don't have any, and won't. You would think they'd treat me fairly but I've seen how childish and *****y they can be with other staff members. They will give more or less work to whoever is in or out of their favor in a given week. It's ridiculous. However they pay me an excellent hourly rate and I want to keep at least 2 days so I can get a decent paid maternity leave. I will work as close to the birth as I can.
Now, my problem. I want to tell my #1 boss ASAP but I start back next week but he starts the week after. My students will definitely know something is up because I'll have to run out to vomit frequently etc. I'd hate the students to pick up on it before my boss knew. I have another less ethical reason and I'm a bit ashamed of this but need the work. I want to tell the boss and say I wanted to let him know as early as possible and that I trust him that it won't affect him giving me extra work. I know HR would back me up if this was the reason I didn't get extra work, but it would be a bit hard to prove. Although presently I am one of the first people offered more hours.
So finally, should I tell my boss by email? He will check his emails off campus but he isn't available by phone or in person until Jan. 9th. Is this acceptable these days? I've only been back in Aus. since July after 11 years abroad with a very different work culture. Any advice for me? Sorry it was long-winded. Thank you.