What does "suitable" alternative work mean in relation to a pregnant employee who cannot do her normal job for health and safety reasons?
In accordance with s.67 of the Employment Rights Act 1996, "suitable" alternative work means work that is both suitable and appropriate for the pregnant employee to carry out in the circumstances. In determining "suitability", factors such as status, hours of work, job content, skills and pay will all be relevant. The terms and conditions of the new role must not be substantially less favourable than her previous terms and conditions. The employer should also ensure that the overall compensatory package is no less favourable in value than the pregnant employee's previous package.