Quote from jkaee
I pretty much agree with Lady jezebel....just a word of warning, though. At my last job, a nurse was hired and found out she was pregnant soon after she started. They told her after she had the baby that she could only be out for 2 weeks because she hadn't worked there for a full year, so she could not take all her time off (even though it wasn't paid time off). Now, I don't know if that was just a "corporate" move, or if all employers have the "right" to do that. I just wanted to let you know what I've seen happen.
Best wishes with your pregnancy and career.
You are not obligated to inform your employer that you are pregnant, and I would not recommend doing so until it is absolutely necessary. As far as the federal Family and Medical Leave Act, you may not qualify for leave per your employer's policy when your baby is due.
Federal law states that companies which employ a minimum number (I think it's 50 or 75) of workers at a given site must offer FML to benefits-eligible employees with a minimum of 1 year and 1000 hours of service. The leave consists of up to 12 weeks of unpaid time off, but the employer may require that you use whatever sick/personal/holiday time you have in your bank. They must offer you the same or a similar position upon your return at the same rate of pay. If you do not return to work in a benefits-eligible position at the conclusion of your leave, they can require you to repay the cost of your insurance and other benefits extended to you during your leave.
Now, that's the gist of the federal law, but employers have some leeway in drafting their own policies regarding its implementation. For example, some employers voluntarily offer FML to employees who are not technically eligible by federal standards. Some extend the leave period beyond 12 weeks. (I was lucky, my employer gave me 6 months, and did not require me to repay my insurance, even though I came back to work in a non-benefits position.)
So, the best thing to do is simply to request a written copy of your employer's FML policy. If you do this during orientation, I doubt that it would cause any raised eyebrows. Good luck to you! Hope you're feeling well!