There have been several stories in the news this week about employers treating pregnant women and new mums unfairly. Whether you’re pregnant, on maternity leave or planning to return to work after having a baby, it’s important to know your rights. Discrimination in the work place is illegal and women are legally protected from losing their job, having their hours changed or their responsibility reduced as a result of pregnancy.
Our midwife Nikki explains why it’s essential to know your employment rights:
"Remember your right to pay, holidays and returning to a job are protected during maternity leave and all employees have the right to return to their job if they take Ordinary Maternity Leave (OML). OML is 26 weeks and Additional Maternity Leave is another 26 weeks.
However the rules on returning to work are slightly different if you take Additional Maternity Leave. You still have the right to your old job, but the type of job can be changed to indicate a ‘similar’ job with the same or sometimes better conditions!
All pregnant women are also entitled to ‘reasonable’ paid time off work to attend antenatal appointments, but only once you have informed your boss you are pregnant, which should be by the 15th week, before the week your baby is due! Women continue to be entitled to pay rises and improvements in their terms and conditions during maternity leave."
Being pregnant isn’t an illness, but you need to think about how to do your job safely and cope with the demands of your pregnancy.
As a pregnant employee you have legal rights, and this includes paid time off for antenatal appointments or antenatal and parenting classes.
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By PregnancySantander on 3 Jul 2018 - 22:56
Where can I find this?
Pregnancy at Work guides designed for managers and employees.
By Midwife @Tommys on 4 Jul 2018 - 16:17
We sadly are no longer able to offer print version of any of our guides- but all of the information is available online as you saw above
Sorry for the inconvenience!
Sophie,Tommy's Midwife :)