Pregnancy and maternity: Assess the risks to an employee who is a new mother or breastfeeding

When to use this workflow

Use this workflow when you have an employee who is a new mother or breastfeeding.

Employers have specific risk assessment duties in relation to employees who are new mothers or breastfeeding. To ensure that such an employee is not exposed to a risk to her health or that of her baby, the employer may have to alter her duties, offer suitable alternative employment or suspend her.

This workflow is an example of a legally compliant process. Where your organisation's own procedures go beyond the procedure set out in this workflow, you should follow these.

Workflow authors: Produced by the XpertHR editorial team.

Key Steps

  • Conduct a new mother risk assessment
  • If the risk assessment has revealed a risk that cannot in itself be avoided or prevented, consider altering the employee's working conditions or hours of work
  • If the risk cannot be avoided by altering the employee's working conditions or hours of work, offer the employee suitable alternative work, if available
  • If there is none available, suspend the employee and keep the suspension under review

Key "What if?" Events

  • What if? … the employee is a night worker and obtains a certificate stating that she should avoid night work
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