Pregnancy at work

There are a number of rights that apply to protect pregnant women in the workplace and to give entitlement to leave and pay.


Risk asessments


Employers must carry out risk assessments to identify and remove any risks posed by a woman’s work whilst she might be pregnant. This might include, for example, allowing more frequent rest breaks, ensuring that she does not have to stand for long periods, reducing travel requirements, etc.


Occasionally a woman’s job may pose so many hazards that it is not possible to avoid risks to her or her baby. In those cases an employer is required to offer her alternative employment, on substantially the same pay, or, if that is not possible, to suspend her on full pay.


Time off for ante-natal care


All female employees are entitled to paid time off for ante-natal appointments and care.


More information on time off for ante-natal treament


Maternity leave and pay


Pregnant women who are employees will be entitled to maternity leave and, if they have 26 weeks continuous employment, to Statutory Maternity Pay.


More information on maternity leave rights and pay


Protection from discrimination


Unfortunately pregnant woman often face unfavourable and discriminatory treatment at work.  There are several legal rights to protect women from unfavourable treatment related to pregnancy.


More information on discrimination related to pregnancy

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