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work and pregnancy advice please

(8 Posts)
natharley11 Wed 09-Jul-14 11:14:13

Hey so I'm after a bit advice for my sister who is also pregnant
She works as a health care assistant in hospital and currently 6 weeks pregnant after miscarriage.
They done a risk assessment but basically told her aa she been told the risks they don't have to do anything to stop them and on top that if she goes sick before 26 weeks not counted as pregnancy related sp will go down same disciplinary routes
Anyone know if this right. I'm also pregnant and my sick just gone down as pregnancy related.


squizita Wed 09-Jul-14 11:22:02

It is counted as pregnancy once they know and have done a risk assessment. Has she a union who may have a leaflet or something to 'remind' them?
And once they've done a RI, they must reduce known risks (as in risks, I'm not saying they have to have her sat down with a cuppa, but if they've assessed a risk it has to be made safe).

FirsttimerG Wed 09-Jul-14 11:23:58


This may help you too xxx

natharley11 Wed 09-Jul-14 11:26:28

Told her she should not be turning ppl for obv reasons and still requesting she do this and that should not be doing days following nights but still scheduling her this way.
I feel so bad my work place been fab

Lozmatoz Wed 09-Jul-14 11:52:23

Who told her this? Her manager or HR (if there is one)? Can she access her employers policy on pregnancy, leave etc?

Didactylos Wed 09-Jul-14 12:01:58

is it an NHS or private hospital?
there are rules and procedures

Tell her to contact Occ health, and her union (and if shes not in one, join one!) and see what they say. If I remember correctly NHS states if your job cannot make suitable adjustments to accomodate your pregnancy health needs then you are put on leave (with pay). But often its a rota/schedule person not acting on reccomendations and occ health can pull them up/remind them of the rules

MrsGiraffe12 Wed 09-Jul-14 12:38:08

Totally incorrect!

Any sickness once an employer knows about a pregnancy is counted as pregnancy and cannot be counted against you.

And once risk assessment has been carried out, they HAVE to reduce the risks if deemed unsuitible, and if they cannot reduce these risks, they need to put your sister on suspended full pay.

That said, any sickness before 26 weeks can count against how much maternity pay she may get x

PenguinsHatchedAnEgg Wed 09-Jul-14 13:43:19

Everything she has been told is total bollocks! As she works in a hospital, is she an NHS employee? She needs to escalate it to an appropriate manager. After notification the employer must:

- do a risk assessment
- reduce known risks to an acceptable level. So, for example, if the job is very very physical it might involve a move to desk duties. If it is just sometimes physical (lifting, etc) it might mean putting in place arrangments should she need them)
- If they can't reduce the risks, they have to suspend on full pay
- No pregnancy related illness can be counted against her. Non pregnancy related illness (e.g. if she broke a leg or something) is dealt with as normal.

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