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07/07/2013 at 12:19
Im hoping to get a few different opinion on this as Im so confused!
I start a new job tomorrow. It is within the same organisation, just a different department. (very sperate from current one)
Im actually going to be doing maternity cover which begins mid August. Within the organisation, if you have more than 1 weeks break between contracts, you loose continued service benefits such as extra holiday and maternity benefits.
When I was offered the job, I explained that I wanted to keep my continued service and there is a role I can do as a temp for 6 weeks before the maternity cover begins. Both roles are within the same team. So it is the temp role i begin tomorrow.
My options are:
1) wait until I start the role in aug to tell them and therefore hiding bump and telling porkies for 6 weeks.
2) wait until 20 week scan to tell them and explain I wanted to make sure everything was ok at the scan. this is 3 weeks away
3) bit the bullet and tell them tomorrow (or as soon as I can)
The thing that worries me is that they will change my maternity cover contract to end in December when I go on mat leave & there for loose my benefits. I have signed my contract for this role so could they do this? If they do could i take action as they do it after i told them i was preggo. The contract is worded "until June 2014 or when the post holder returns" This bit could be the loophole that makes it ok for them to do this!
One final thing to take into consideration is that it is an events role so there will be some lugging around of heavy items and occasions of running around like a headless chicken! Therefore telling them sooner might be for the best!
Sorry for the huge brain dump, part of me just wants to tell them ASAP to get it over and done with so Im not worrying but wanted to get some other perspectives! Thanks!
07/07/2013 at 14:43
Gosh, that really is a difficult one. I'm afraid I wouldn't have been able to accept a maternity cover job knowing that I wouldn't be able to cover the whole of the maternity leave, that is going to make life awfully difficult for them. I really don't think whatever option you choose is going to go down too well because, realistically they hired you to cover a 12 mth period and you are only going to be able to do 4 mths and they will then be going through the expense and hassle of recruiting again.
I do think you need to tell them asap tbh. It could easily take them 4 mths to find a replacement for you.
07/07/2013 at 14:46
If it was me I'd be inclined to tell them asap. They can't change your contract because youre pregnant and if they do go looking for loopholes it could be seen that they're only doing it because you are iyswim.
But they might take exception to you waiting to tell them as it would be clear you knew about it...
That said, you don't actually HAVE to tell them for a while yet even thought it's likely to be obvious.
If you have a job that involves stress and carrying weights from a H&S point of view it would be best to tell them so they can get the appropriate risk assessments sorted and make any allowances they need to. If you don't officially tell them, they don't actually have to do anything.
Only you know what the company is like though and whether they are likely to make life difficult at all
07/07/2013 at 16:13
I know it sounds selfish, and it is! My contract was coming to an end which meant that i was put forward for redeployment. The majority of roles withing in the organisation are temp contracts. I needed a job and the ideally one that would offer mat pay so I wanted to stay within the organisation. To be fair, as I went though redeployment, there was no expense for advertising the role, and I am the only one they interviewed so it only took up an hour of their time. It is likely that they will go through the same process to get cover for the last 6 months.
I did think the same Jem, if i leave it a few more weeks, it would be obvious that i was hiding it whilst working there and they may appreciate it if I 'come clean' as soon as possible!
07/07/2013 at 19:53
Tricky one. Can you see how day 1 / week 1pans out and then tell them? Just so you can gauge what to say and how to say it? For all they know, you may have found out late that you are pregnant (crazy, but some people don't find out until 8-10 weeks,).
Also, did you tell your friends this weekend? IIRC you said something about telling them this weekend?
07/07/2013 at 20:36
It's difficult but I would tell them sooner rather than later, partly because they will need to plan but mostly if the role you are going to requirers lifting etc they will need to do a health and safety assesment for you.
07/07/2013 at 21:23
Mrs Bass, as you know, I started a new job whilst pregnant this Monday just gone so I know how you must be feeling right now! As you also know, I only lasted about 20 minutes before I confessed! I can see your predicament in wanting to keep your continued service but I honestly think that honesty is the best policy in this case. As you have signed a contract they cannot legally retract the job offer. However they can choose to make your life difficult - and I think the longer you leave it to confess, the more difficult they will make it. The more time you give them to sort out the situation, the better. Plus, won't you feel stressed and anxious hiding your secret for another 6 weeks? And will you even be able to? Also given your line of work I think for your baby's sake you need to tell them so that they can make sure that you're not doing any heavy lifting etc. Any money that you may or may not lose is worthless when compared to the health of you and your baby. x
07/07/2013 at 21:50
Thanks for the replies!
I think I will tell them ASAP, you've all made great reasons for doing so! I'll just wait to work out the best timing!
Penny, i just hope my manager reacts as well as yours did!
IDC- my friends all already know, don't think i was telling anyone this weekend!
08/07/2013 at 10:14
Tell them straight away for one it will stop you worrying! Also I'm a big fan of do it now then you have longer to deal with the consequences! I'm sure it will all be fine but all the worrying and trying to hide it whilst possibly being put in awkward situations (health wise!) won't do you any favors in the long run! x
10/07/2013 at 08:00
I thought i would give you a quick update! had my first day on Monday and I felt sick with nerves, i think more about telling them than it being a new job!
Had a very brief chat with my manager but she was really busy so no time to drop the bombshell!
I got in extra early yesterday and managed to grab her and break the news!
she was brilliant, actually quite excited and kept congratulating me! Phew! There was a moment when it dawned on her that Im meant to be covering maternity leave but I said that I would understand if she wanted to get somone else to do that bur I would appreciate it if she would consider keeping me in the temp role im doing at the moment. she said she defiantly would!
We have 2 manic weeks comming up at work so we are going to talk about it afte that but I feel like a massive weight has been lifted and she luckily took it really well!
Im going to tell the rest of the team individually when i feel the time is right!
Thank you for all the advice!!
10/07/2013 at 08:34
Glad it went well
10/07/2013 at 11:33
So glad it went well x
11/07/2013 at 08:48
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