I work for an American company (although work from home) and have just found out I am 3 weeks pregnant. The company is based in Ireland and I am going over there next month for a meeting, but then probably won't have to go there again until the Christmas party.
When are you obliged to tell your work that you are pregnant? I receive a year-end bonus on Dec 17th and is up to 80% of my salary, so it's important I don't do anything to jeapodise it. I know that legally my work aren't allowed to discriminate against me because I am pregnant and should award my bonus based on my performance, but I know for sure that if I annouce I am pregnant before Dec 17th, they will slash it and then tell me that was of course what I was always going to get. They're pretty cut-throat American male macho types.
I could of course take them to court if I thought I had been discriminated against, but I think it's probably just easier to tell them after I have received the bonus. By Dec 17th I will be nearly 6 months pregnant -- is this too late to tell them, legally? Am I obligated to tell them before then?
I don't even feel I can ask HR for details on our maternity package until after the bonus has been awarded for fear of them telling my bosses and cutting the cash (which of course we will desperately need with a first baby on the way!)
I will be about 23 weeks I think (not sure yet - need to go for first scan to see how pregnant I am now!)
I work in marketing and am the client, so they would keep mum if I told them to. More difficult with media owners, but they usually deal with me and don't speak to my bosses direct, so unlikely to let it slip.
A friend of mine was about 6 months pregnant and keeping it quiet from work until she got the promotion she was promised. Got the promotion on the Friday and then came into work on the Monday without her baggy top and wearing maternity jeans with little top. Am kind of hoping I can do the same thing...
I don't physically have a handbook -- it's not on the company website, so I'd have to ask HR for one - giving the game away.
The difference between them knowing and not knowing is in the region of £50k, at a guess... (of course I might be selling them short, but having worked for them for over a year and seen what they've done to other previous employees, I'm pretty sure they would give me a nominal bonus if they think they can get away with it...)
Boobz you don't have to tell until 25weeks, and with this much riding on it there's nothing to be gained by giving your employer the opportunity to discriminate. The only reason in your case for telling sooner is if there is a health and safety issue.
KaSo I am astonished to hear your company would discipline you for not telling as soon as you know. Legally you don't have to tell until 25weeks, and they can't force you to tell as soon as you've got a positive pregnancy test. Have they ever disciplined anyone for not telling them? That would be a very risky thing to do!
First timer - I'd say with a bit of clever dressing and a prevailing wind you should be fine. I am on my 3rd and still haven't told my work yet. I'm 20 w on Wed. I look like a bloater, obviously, but to the untrained eye I am still at the "has Mary eaten all the pies" stage rather than the impending motherhood stage. With DD2 I had to come out rather earlier than I would have liked as I had bad morning sickness but so far so good.
If you conceived on June 27th, by my calculations you'll actually be nearer 27 weeks come your bonus day. Remember your pregnancy is dated from the first day of your last period not from the day of conception.
But are you sure of when you conceived? On the day of conception you're considered 2 weeks pregnant according to standard calculations. Is there any chance you're further on? Do you know when you ovulated.