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I was wondering if you have a legal obligation to notify an

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I was wondering if you have a legal obligation to notify an employer of a pregnancy. Basically moving job exactly at 13 weeks pregnancy....do you have to notify?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: UK Employment Law
Expert:  UKSolicitorJA replied 1 year ago.
Hello,

Yes, there is a legal obligation to notify the employer of the pregnancy at least 15 weeks prior to the week the baby is due.

Employees also need to notify the employer when they wish to start their maternity leave and statutory maternity pay.

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Expert:  Ben Jones replied 1 year ago.
Hello, the above answer is misleading because it suggests that there is a general duty to inform an employer of your pregnancy, however that is not the case. If you do no wish to inform your employer of your pregnancy you do not have to, you can certainly not be forced to tell them. The duty to inform them by the end of the 15th week before the baby is due only applies in relation to your maternity leave rights. So to be able to benefit from rights such as the entitlement to paid time off for antenatal care, risk assessments and the statutory protection from sex discrimination you need to inform the employer in time. If you are not concerned about these rights you do not have to inform the employer a all
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