Pregnancy and Work Discrimination
At present there is no legal requirement to tell your employer before 15 weeks prior to your baby being due, however it can be advantageous if you work in a manual handling role or one where adjustments may be required, to notify your employer sooner.
Once your employer is aware of your pregnancy they should carry out a risk assessment to identify any health risks. If any risks are identified, your job should be amended to remove any risk to your health or the health of your unborn baby –for example you may be moved to an alternative department if it is suitable or you could be suspended on full pay if there isn’t a suitable alternative job available.
When carrying out a risk assessment your employers should consider:
- Regular rest breaks in order to prevent circulation problems and allow you time to eat;
- Assistance with any lifting and reducing the need to lift as far as is reasonable;
- A workstation assessment to ensure that your working environment is suitable;
- Health and safety requirements, particularly if you are working with any chemicals and substances such as paint, solvents or hair dyes
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