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How to talk to your employer about pregnancy

Becoming pregnant and welcoming a new life into the world should be something to celebrate, but unfortunately, many expectant mothers worry about how this new chapter of their lives will affect their careers. If you are pregnant in California, it is important that you understand the laws that are in place to protect you.

You should also put consideration into when and how to tell your employer about your pregnancy. You may not want to tell your employer too early in your pregnancy, but it is important that you give them enough notice.

How much notice do I need to give before I intend to take maternity leave?

You have the responsibility to notify your employer 30 days in advance for any request to take pregnancy-related leave. However, if an unforeseeable medical issue arises due to your pregnancy, you will only need to provide notice as soon as it is possible to do so.

How should I talk to my employer about my pregnancy?

You should first understand what you are entitled to as part of your work contract before arranging a meeting. When you have the meeting, you should inform your employer of your pregnancy and of your intentions after the baby is born. If you want to continue your career after the birth of your child, you should make it clear when you intend to return.

Navigating the topic of pregnancy can be difficult, but it is important that you do not tolerate any discrimination or retaliation due to your pregnancy since this treatment on behalf of your employer is unlawful.

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