Do I tell my employer or potential employer I am pregnant?

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Do I tell my employer or potential employer I am pregnant?

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A lot of times people ask me when they first find out they're pregnant whether or not they have to tell their current employer about their pregnancy or a potential employer if they've just found out they're pregnant and they're interviewing for a situation. The answer is you do not. Pregnancy is a private matter. No one is required to disclose that to a potential employer or their current employer until they're ready. And I typically advise people not to do so until they know that the pregnancy is healthy and they have a sense for how their pregnancy will progress. Once people do know that everything is going along okay and that they can confidently expect a baby in their lives shortly, you do want to let an employer know with as much advance notice as possible so that you can effect a smooth transition of your responsibilities while you're on leave.

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Lisa Pierson Weinberger

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Lisa Pierson Weinberger is the founder of Mom, Esq., a legal practice dedicated to helping parents understand and maximize their maternity leave benefits, have peace of mind when hiring employees in their homes, and find a good work/life balance when they return to the workplace after having a baby.  Prior to founding Mom, Esq., Lisa spent seven years working at the entertainment law firm of Greenberg Glusker working as an employment lawyer with many of Hollywood's A-List celebrities.  She counseled on matters related to large domestic staffs, advising on the hiring process, backgrounds checks, wage and hour issues, counseling, discipline and terminations, and preparing employment applications, offer letters and a variety of agreements including employment, confidentiality, arbitration, severance and release agreements. Lisa has a Bachelors in Psychology, with Honors, from Washington University in St. Louis, and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law where she served on the UCLA Law Review.

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