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The Pregnancy Dark Ages

A recent survey of British employers, found that over a third of senior managers agree that it’s reasonable to ask women about their plans to have children during the recruitment process. This is shocking, as it’s against the law not to appoint a woman because she is pregnant or might become pregnant. Have you experienced the pregnancy dark ages?

Pregant mumFemale talent is here to stay

Discriminating against pregnant women, not only disadvantages individuals, but also means that employers miss out on attracting and retaining female talent. Today over 60% of women are in work, compared to 75% of men in work.

The wall of shame

This is sad reading in the centenary year that women won the right to vote. Here are the clangers that mean that certain employers should be ashamed:

  1. 46% of employers agreed it was reasonable to ask women if they have young children during the recruitment process.
  2. 44% agree women should work for an organisation for at least a year before deciding to have children.
  3. About one third believe that women who become pregnant and new mothers generally less interested in career progression.
  4. 41% of employers agreed that pregnancy in the workplace creates an unnecessary cost burden.
  5. 51% agree there is sometimes resentment towards women who are pregnant or on maternity leave.

How to tell your employer/manager that you are pregnant?

Think beforehand about what type of relationship you want to have with your employer.

  • Anticipate their concerns and be prepared to talk about them.
  • Know your goals and career aspirations.
  • Know your key achievements and demonstrate your value.
  • Understand your organisation’s practices and policies.
  • Know your your legal rights. Ideally be prepared share this with your manager.
  • Be prepared to discuss your options for flexible working.
  • Know your important dates, such as your baby’s due date, dates of antenatal appointments and dates for maternity leave.
  • Agree dates for a handover plan, keep in touch plan, performance review and back to work.
  • Agree dates for annual leave.

Whatever happens with your boss, ensure the key dates and decisions are in writing so that you know what has been agreed. This will prevent misunderstandings and heartache.

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Important: This post is by insurance professional an HR expert. If you require pregnancy advice about employment please speak to an HR adviser or similar professional.



Date: 05 March 2018 by Max Robinson