Need help regarding New Job and Pregnancy

21 replies
Found 9th Nov 2009
Just found out im pregnant and am due to start a new job some time in December, i am still waiting for CRB checks to come back but i was offered the job in October (1st or second week)

What am i best to do? when i am obligated to tell them and will i qualify for maternity pay etc?

Is there anywhere i can ring to find out my rights etc?


Thanks for any help

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oooh congratualtions! i would contact citizens advice!

dont know if its a common thing but for my job you have to have been there a year before you qualify for maternity pay

and congrats!!!

onlyme23;6827671

dont know if its a common thing but for my job you have to have been … dont know if its a common thing but for my job you have to have been there a year before you qualify for maternity payand congrats!!!


think thats for statutory maternity pay which involves the employer but im sure you can still get a different sort of maternity pay (maternity allowence) i think it might be!

try this link direct.gov.uk/en/…741 or direct.gov.uk/en/…869

Original Poster

thanks for the congrats! im now going to give them a ring, lets hope at least a can still start working though even if i dont get smp

Original Poster

I just rang cab and they were useless!! i ll take a look at the link nkje02 thanks xx

congrats hun, think you need to be at the company from around the baby was concived to get smp. I had to apply for maternity allowance which worked out a lot more in the end anyway, as i could submit any 10 payslips i think it was so i gave them the ones one the weeks that i earnt the most!

Original Poster

Thanks leilahfun, baby was conceived after i got offered the job, so waiting to see if on my offer letter/contract it will have that date or the one of when i actually start properly (after my crb comes back)

I did just see about Maternity allowance so at least i will get that, but to be honest im more concerned if i tell them they wont let me start work as its in healthcare and quite strenuous work they might see me as a liability?

anyhow thanks for replying x

I'm sure they can't stop you from starting the job just because your pregnant, as if you was already in the job they wouldn't stop you from working maybe just change the duties that you can do? I know my workplace had to carryout a risk assessment on me, i'm in a physical job where i'm on my feet often for over 6 hours with no break but it didn't really make any difference in the end.

All the best for your pregnancy. x

Congratulations.
Don't know anything about work and maternity allowances but feel free to join in the thread here.

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hi thanks for the link :thumbsup:

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tonyd19565;6828935

]http://www.motheratwork.co.uk/Experts/default.asp?Category=Pregnancy%20and%20Maternity%20Leave



thanks xx

i believe if you got it in writing they can not retract it unless there is no other job for you to do during your state of pregnancy (you stated it is was a physical job) - they may suddenly no longer have a job available and so long as they do not employ someone to do the job you were initially employed to do they can retract the offer (even though it is obvious that it is because you are pregnant so long as they do not employ anyone else it will be hard for you to prove it was because of the pregnancy. I believe you would become entitled to marenity allowance not maternity pay

you HAVE to tell them as they have to do a risk assesment

you dont have to tell them until 15 weeks before the baby is due x

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)
You can get Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) for up to 39 weeks, as long as you meet the conditions.
To qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay you must have been:
employed by the same employer continuously (some breaks do not interrupt continuous employment) for at least 26 weeks into the 15th week before the week your baby is due
earning an average of at least £95 a week (before tax)
To claim Statutory Maternity Pay you must tell your employer at least 28 days before the date you want to start your Statutory Maternity Pay. Your employer may need you to tell them in writing.

Congratulations on your new pregnancy... xx

You must be so excited!

You dont need to tell them yet so dont worry it doesnt affect whether you have a job or not xx

dont tell them until you signed a contract and your defo in there

Original Poster

Thanks for all your help! I'm getting excited now, was scared to begin with but now i cant wait!
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