Frequent question: Can I start a new job if I’m pregnant?

What happens if you get pregnant and start a new job?

Now, by law, a company can’t deny you employment because you’re pregnant, and you’re not legally required to let potential employers know that you’re expecting. But keep in mind, if you waltz into an interview with a burgeoning bump, you may receive some raised eyebrows—or a swift guide to the exit.

Is it OK to apply for a new job when pregnant?

That means as long as you can do the major functions of the job, a company cannot refuse to hire you simply because you’re expecting. Legally, you don’t have to tell prospective employers that you’re pregnant. Even if you’re visibly showing, you don’t have to mention it.

Can you get maternity leave if you start a new job?

You’d still be eligible for Ordinary Maternity leave (OML), though, which lasts for 26 weeks, as it doesn’t matter how many hours you work, or how long you’ve been in your job. You are entitled to this from the first day in a new job and it can start from the 11th week before your baby is due.

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Should you tell a new employer you’re pregnant?

Answer: You have no legal duty to tell potential employers that you’re pregnant. If you want, you can waltz into the interview room a month away from your due date and not say a word about it. Of course, that might not be the most effective strategy for getting the job or for succeeding once you’re in it.

Should I mention I’m pregnant in an interview?

While legally you don’t have to talk about your pregnancy during an interview, it’s usually a good idea to disclose the fact that you’re pregnant sooner rather than later. You want to appear dependable, honest, and a team player. Hiding a pregnancy can make it seem you are none of these things.

When should I tell my new job I’m pregnant?

You aren’t required to disclose a pregnancy in a job interview. You’re not even required to tell your boss when you’re in a job, although eventually, you’ll want to bring it up. The Pregnancy Discrimination Act makes it illegal to discriminate against a woman on the basis of pregnancy.

Can I work a second job while on maternity leave?

The general rule is, if you work for another employer (who is not liable to pay you statutory maternity pay) whilst on maternity leave, you lose your entitlement to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for the week in which you work and for the remainder of your maternity pay period.

Is it illegal to work while on maternity leave?

It’s against the law for your workplace to treat you less favourably because of your family responsibilities. If you’ve been on unpaid parental leave, you have a right to return to the job you had before going on leave, even if someone is working in that job as a replacement.

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Should I tell my boss I’m pregnant at 6 weeks?

It’s acceptable to wait to tell your boss until your pregnancy is 14 to 20 weeks along. That way, you can also point out you can still do your job while carrying a child. If you can, consider timing your announcement to coincide with the completion of a project or another milestone.