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    Default New job and never told them I was pregnant

    I have recently obtained a new job and I am 5 months pregnant. I never told them at the interview I was pregnant and I got a larger size in my uniform so I have room to grow as at the moment I don't look too pregnant. I'm a very honest person and feel bad for not telling them the truth, but I would not have got the job had I done so. We need the extra money and I have had a great pregnancy so far, so feel fine to work. Should I tell them soon? I'm not sure and worried my hours may get cut back.

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    Congratulations on your pregnancy and the job I believe you may not be legally obligated to disclose your pregnancy until later, sometimes as late as 10 weeks prior to your due date- you will need to do some research on this though as it will vary from employer to employer. You may need to ask the personnel department when you must disclose your pregnancy. Up until that date, I don't think you need to disclose, but do your research

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    You can tell them whenever you want. They have no grounds to fire you simply because you're pregnant and did not tell them prior to granting you employment.

    I'm like you and prefer to be honest, but if I was seriously struggling for money I'd do what you've done too. You've got to do, what you've got to do. I think it might pay to tell someone soon though... perhaps just because if something happens and you require medical assistance, telling the paramedics you're pregnant will probably be kind of important.

    Good luck - and I hope it's not too uncomfortable when you tell them.

    Or, seriously, you could just say you didn't even know until after they hired you... like you're on some form of contraception that made you not realise there was no period... blah blah. I dunno. If it seems like they might buy I'd probably give it a go... lol.

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    Check their policies. Most employers require you to have 12 months service prior to being entitled to maternity leave, some shorter (my employer is 3 months).

    In any case, if you intend to take leave for the baby (which clearly you'll have to take at least a little) then you can negotiate with them the length and type of leave (annual, unpaid etc) and you need to give them 10 weeks notice by law. Check out the Fair Work Australia website. There are some great fact sheets on there that will help with questions about leave.

    They cannot fire you because of being pregnant - it is illegal. So although they might not be happy with it, they can't do anything about it. Though that's not to say they might not come up with another excuse...!

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    I would tell them sooner rather than later as they will need to start making plans to replace you either on a temp or perm basis.

    Unfortunately they are not obligated to keep your job for you as you will have less than 12 months service with them by your EDD but you never know, in some cases they might allow a period of unpaid leave and then for you to return. But again if you want to return part-time (assuming you are now full-time) they are not obligated to consider the request, or agree.

    This is FWA legislation and it is a bit of a grey area as there is also EEO legislation but in my experience, given your shirt tenure with your current employer they would not necessarily find in your favour if you lodged a claim. Not fact, just my opinion, but I do work in HR and have come across a couple of similar scenarios.

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    Well even though I totally understand that you need the money, from an employers point of view I would be totally peeved if an employee did that. You said that you are worried that they will cut your hours which says to me that you are casually employed. If you are, I am pretty sure that they don't have to keep a position for you to come back to. If I were you I would be honest with them and maybe tell a fib and say that you didn't know that you were pregnant when you got the job. Maybe explain that you are feeling perfectly capable of still doing the hours that you are doing. Maybe also explain that you are worried about losing hours and they may reassure you that that wont happen.
    Good luck.


 

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