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13/05/2014 at 14:20
I don't post very often but have been a lurker for years, After a long time of trying we got our BFP this morning!
The BF is trying to keep me calm and grounded till I do a CBD but I've never had a false +tive and I trust the tesco test.
However I've worked out my dates and it seems I started a new job 3 days before I got pregnant, I'm a kitchen manager in a very busy pub, I do 60+ hours a week on my feet so there's an issue because baby comes first now and I'm not prepared to do that! I have a business needs contract which means I have to work whenever I'm needed not a set 40-48 hours a week. Also because of when I fell pregnant I won't be entitled to company mat pay. Does anyone have any advice about what I can do? I have 5 weeks left of my probation period! Any advice would be greatly appreciated
13/05/2014 at 14:36
The .gov website is very good for advice.
Were you employed before this new job? If so you'll probably be entitled to Statutory Maternity Allowence, which is the same weekly amount as Statutory Maternity Pay, about £140/week, but its directly from the government, and you wont get the first 6 weeks at 90% of your pay, just the weekly amount.
When you tell them youre pregnant your employer needs to do a risk assessment in relation to your employment and tasks that you do, and they have to make modifications to your work and conditions if this assessment deems necessary. This might be not doing certain things, having more regular breaks, changing the way you do something etc. But obviously they can only do this once they know, if you decide not to tell them until 12 weeks as a lot of people do then there isnt anything you can do other than carry on as normal and take things into your own hands e.g. make sure you take breaks, eat well wtc
13/05/2014 at 15:00
Hi aecy - congratulations on your pregnancy!
I know it's a worrying time but try to list everything in order of importance then work through your worries - I am sure it will all work itself out in the end!
WPCS about SMP/MA - it's not great but it's money.
Are you planning to tell your employer before your scan? I chose not to tell mine until after I'd had the 12w scan (everyone differs in this area). In which case you may have to grin and bare working through the long weeks for the next couple of months - I was quite lucky with my pregnancies, had no sickness just got very tired during the first trimester. A 60hr week could have been done as long as I looked after myself, I just would have been asleep the rest of the time. Not sure what the rules are on business needs contracts, is it like a reverse zero hours contract?
Don't be worried that you're still on probation, your employer cannot sack you for being pregnant. As long as you are good at your job and you're meeting your probationary targets you shouldn't have any problems on that front.
13/05/2014 at 15:45
Congratulations. Like the others say about MA - and you'll work out ways to adapt if need be.
13/05/2014 at 17:25
It's a tough one. What would you plan to do after baby is born? Could that have any bearing on the choices you make now?
Would there ever be scope to do your job on a part-time/job-share basis? Would you even want to?
13/05/2014 at 19:15
Congratulations! Can't really help with job issue though x
13/05/2014 at 21:15
No advice but many congratulations! X
16/05/2014 at 09:52
Thanks for the advice and well wishes ladies!
I'm not entitled to MA as yet as I was unemployed before this job, was hoping to be able to get something but when I told my boss yesterday I was pregnant (very early but I'm not comfortable trying to carry on as normal) he implied he wouldn't be keeping me on after my probation. He's a sneaky ****** and he'll find a way, for example I don't complete tasks (that I haven't been trained to do) or that I am unable to perform my role. Kinda stuck between a rock and a hard place and these hormones are not making it any better
16/05/2014 at 11:50
Well he sounds thoroughly un-pleasant! Can you email him with a link to some pertinent internet information regarding pregnancy rights? Or perhaps contact Citizen's Advice for help in what to do if this does happen. Make sure you log anything that you think he may be going to use against you by email e.g. if he asks you to do something you arent trained for email and ask for the relevant help/training.
16/05/2014 at 14:11
unfortunately it's a fast paced business so I get told to do things while cooking or on my break (they even came and got me out of the toilet yesterday cos they wanted something that i knew where it was) so no email instructions to have as a back up.
I actually went to the GP today as my boss wants confirmation I'm pregnant before he makes any changes... the GP said it was a strange request, then I had a good old cry, threw up and he signed me off for a week! I don't wanna cause issues by being off sick but me and the doctor decided it was my only option, I now know my boss will definitely be getting rid of me!
19/05/2014 at 09:42
Sorry to hear you are in a little pickle. You have to look after yourself and your baby first and foremost.
Your boss may try to push you out but if he doesn't do it carefully he will end up in hot water and find himself up against constructive dismissal charges!
Make sure you follow the rules and it will make it harder for him.
19/05/2014 at 13:36
Thanks for the advice, I'm trying to do everything in my power to do things the right way but he wont budge on limiting my hours. I proposed going down to 5 9 hour shifts a week and he said it was unacceptable. Hopefully I can find something else just so I get MA but its not looking likely.
19/05/2014 at 17:41
Oh I'm so sorry to hear this. That's so unfair. I'm sure you are but please do document everything that happens or is said.
Hopefully this is one of those situations where it gets worse before it gets better and you find something much better!
21/05/2014 at 11:08
I didn't see your updates to your OP, and now I have it's made me cross!
Your boss cannot sack you because you are pregnant. He will be on extremely shaky ground if he tries to do so. Up until you told him you were pregnant what was his feedback like? Like Counter says, take notes and try to create a paper trail - i.e. put everything in writing in an email to your boss, even if it's something you've verbally discussed already. Anything relating to your job, your performance, his comments on your pregnancy, the lot. He should be conducting a risk assessment www.hse.gov.uk/.../pregnant-workers-flow-chart.pdf
Your working hours could constitute a risk;
If a significant health and safety risk is identified for a new or expectant mother, which goes beyond the normal level of risk found outside the workplace, you must take the following actions:
Action 1: Temporarily adjust her working conditions and / or working hours; or if that is not possible
Action 2: Offer her suitable alternative work (at the same rate of pay) if available; or if that is not possible
Action 3: Suspend her from work on paid leave for as long as necessary to protect her health and safety, and that of her child.
However, the Employment Rights Act 1996 link to external website provides that, where appropriate, suitable alternative work should be offered (on the same terms and conditions) before any suspension from work.
Unfortunately there are unscrupulous managers who will still try to break equality and sexual discrimination laws, but that's what employment tribunals are for. Hoping that things have calmed down for you since his initial reaction.
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