Must I Tell A New Employer Everything?
Ask The Headhunter, March 9th, 2020
March 22, 2020,
Volume 264, Issue 3

In the March 10, 2020 Ask The Headhunter Newsletter a reader will need time off for a medical procedure soon after starting a new job. Must the new employer be told before the employee starts work?


I tore my ACL playing volleyball. I just got over the hurdle of getting hired, but my new employer doesn't know about my injury. I start next week and I am hoping to schedule my surgery in the next couple of months. However, I am not sure how to have this conversation with my new employer. Do I pretend as if the injury is new? Do I tell them that my surgery is already scheduled? I will be out for 7-14 days after surgery, although I am hoping I could work from home after the first 7 days. How do I approach this conversation? Any advice would be so helpful!

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