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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 04:14 AM   1
FierceAngel
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anyone still on probation at work?


so im just over 4 weeks pregnant and my probation onmy job doestnt ebd till 17th may (6 months after i started)

wen i took the job i didnt know we would ttc so soon but with my endo results things changed.. weonly started trying last month and thought it would be a few months at least...

well we got lucky on our first month.. but now im panicking because i will be 16 weeks by time my probation finishes and i think they might guess by then!

i was going to try and hold out till then but if im as sick as i was with luisa im going to need a few days here and thedre at least...

im worried as ive already been called by personel re my sickness as ive been off twice! even though company procedure is tht its imformal action till 4 episodes or sickness!

i questioned this and was told its cos im on probation and app i didnt put my endo on my medical form! i have no idea why i missed it.. its not something i would forget!

so now im worried if they find out about the pregnancy they mite find a reason to end my empolyment!

sorry its long

thanks in advance!

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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 04:47 AM   2
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I'm a manager so know about people policies and HR etc - if you didn't disclose it on your form they can't hold it against you as it's not against any employment or DPA law to withold information of any illness.

How long have you been diagnosed? If it's for a while then they will have to treat it with the spirit of the Disability discrimination act - even if you get to formal action they should ask to send off for a GP report - give them the permission to do this provided it's only around the reason you've been absent. This way it shows that you're willing to follow their procedures and your GP may be able to give your manager an idea of any reasonable adjustments they could and will make for you, and also when they set a sickness objective it will be appropriate to your ilness.

Do they use a trigger procedure or the Bradford factor do you know?

It may be worth (only if the pregnancy related illness keeps occurring) telling them about the baby (they have to keep it confidential - you're also covered by DPA) as pregnancy related illness shouldn't be counted towards any triggers or objectives, regardless of whether you're in probation or 'permanent'. Phew. Sorry - a lot of information but an area I can actually help with!!! xx



 
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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 04:54 AM   3
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Hi

Im also on probation we were planning the baby but it also happened in the first month which we really didnt expect.
Im due to get my contract in the next month but im already 10 weeks pregnant and really strugging with the nausea. Ive had a few sick days and had to blame other things. im dreading when i do have 2 tell work i think they will prob be really upset with me for not mentioning it before i got my contract.

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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 04:58 AM   4
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Any maternity policy in any company states that the latest you have to disclose pregnancy to HR (by written notification) is 15 weeks before what they call EWC - expected week of confinement (in english - when little one pops out!).

Sorry - I'm at it again, but it's nice to be able to reassure you!



 
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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 05:05 AM   5
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thank you for that, will i be entitled to maternity pay aswell do u know?

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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 05:15 AM   6
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O really intrested in this! Im currently 7w3d pregnant, i start a new job march 1st with 6 months probation period..ill be 9w6d the day i have my induction so about 10-11weeks when i start...should i mention it striaght away? can they dismiss me because of the pregnancy? its an invesment consultant role so mainly telephone and computer work...would really appriciate some help...sorry to jump on a thread lol...



 
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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 05:16 AM   7
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ps: i got my contract through and it had nothing on it about maternity leave? or pregnancy? is this normal??



 
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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 05:25 AM   8
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mine either



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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 05:37 AM   9
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Contracts usually only include pay and benefits such as penison, health care, holiday allowance etc. people policies will be covered off in your induction. Our policy I tihink is the pretty standard basic policy and states that you need to be working for the company (temporary or permanent) for 26 weeks (6 months) before you reach 15th week before you pop (not the technical term!) to be entitled to maternity pay. But each company is different so you'll need to check when you start. They can't sack you for being pregnant as that's against the law - discriminating against your sex - even if they make it so hard for you that you hand in your notice there's something called constructive dismissal - it's where you can file against them for discrimination and making you feel you had no choice but to hand in your notice. I have experience of training someone up for 4 weeks at the start of a 6 month probabtion period, then she told me she was pregnant - if it's an equal opportunities employer (which they all have to be now!) then you should get full support.

Remember your hormones may make you feel as though the world and your employer are against you - this won't be the case as you won't be the first preggers people to start with them whilst up the duff!!!



 
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Old Feb 11th, 2010, 05:40 AM   10
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God what a geek - can you tell I love my job???



 
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