On this week's XpertHR Weekly we discuss how employers should manage mothers returning to work when they are continuing to breastfeed their babies.
The law on safety training, including the duty to take reasonable care for the health, safety and welfare at work of employees, Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999, training related to work equipment, first aid, display screen equipment, manual handling, food safety and hygiene, and employers' duties under health and safety legislation.
The law on general health and safety duties, including employers' duties to employees in terms of criminal and civil liability, employers' duties to non-employees, and employees' duties.
A model letter after a meeting with a new or expectant mother to discuss removing or reducing risks has been held and it has been identified that temporary adjustments to her working conditions or hours of work are necessary to protect her health and safety.
A model letter to warn a pregnant employee who, for health and safety reasons, cannot continue to perform her normal job of the consequences of refusing an offer of suitable alternative employment.
A model letter to warn an employee who is a new mother or is breastfeeding and who, for health and safety reasons, cannot continue to perform her normal job of the consequences of refusing an offer of suitable alternative employment.
A model policy to communicate the organisation's commitment to providing facilities for pregnant or new mothers who are breastfeeding or expressing milk. Facilities could include a dedicated rest room for pregnant employees and new mothers. Employers could also be flexible with working hours.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to employers' health and safety responsibilities.