Job rights while pregnant

When you fall pregnant while at work you’re protected by a collection of laws that were written to make sure that your firm look after you during your pregnancy. Your job rights while pregnant change to allow you time for antenatal care and other essentials. We’ll take you through them all.
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Main rights

Pregnant employees have 4 main rights: paid time off for antenatal care, maternity leave, maternity pay or maternity allowance and protection against unfair treatment, discrimination or dismissal. The last point is perhaps the most important because your employer can’t change their approach to you because you’re now pregnant. They are not allowed to change your contract’s terms and conditions unless you’re in agreement. If they do, they will be breaching the contract.

Medical appointments

For most pregnant women the biggest consideration is time off to attend medical appointments. You’ll be relieved to read that all forms of Antenatal care are covered here. If your doctor or midwife has recommend that you attend antenatal or parenting classes, your firm has to let you go and they have to pay you your normal rate during these times away from work. In addition to this, the child’s father or pregnant woman’s partner has the right to unpaid time off work to go to two antenatal appointments.

Pregnancy-related illnesses

Maternity leave and Statutory Maternity Pay start automatically If you’re off work for a pregnancy-related illness in the 4 weeks running up to your baby’s due date. What you previously agreed with your employer about time off and maternity leave doesn’t matter if you get a pregnancy-related illness.

More info

You should check out gov.uk if you’re interested in finding out more about this. Your other option, which is preferable, is to speak to your GP about your concerns.

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