How to manage an employee who is absent due to sickness during pregnancy
Author: Claire Perry
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- Be aware of the statutory protection afforded to pregnant employees and take care not to discriminate against employees who are absent due to pregnancy-related sickness.
- Ensure that line managers are briefed on how to avoid discrimination when dealing with pregnancy-related absence.
- Establish the reason for the employee's absence.
- Review health and safety risk assessments in light of a pregnant employee's sickness absence.
- Ensure that pregnancy-related absence is discounted for the purpose of an attendance management policy that could lead to disciplinary action.
- Calculate the employee's entitlement to statutory and/or contractual sick pay.
- Be aware of the circumstances in which the employee's maternity leave will be triggered automatically as a result of her absence.
- Understand the potential effect of sickness absence on the calculation of the employee's statutory maternity pay.