I have posted this in both pregnancy and employment issues in the hope someone can help me.
My younger cousin is 12 weeks pregnant, she works in a very physical , demanding job(nurse, same as me) and is returning to work this week after 2 weeks sick leave. Prior to this sick leave she had requested to be allocated light duties and this was denied, sighting staffing issues. She had explained her medical history to her line manager (7 m/c's over 5 years, all 15 weeks or less of pregnancy) and still had her request refused, her GP signed her off work until her 12 week scan.
I have said to her to request an immediate risk assessment upon returning to work this week. She is obviously terrified she may still m/c and wants to do her best to avoid this.
I understand that if her job is unsafe during pregnancy then this is counted as a health and safety issue but would like to know if she is signed off work again by her GP will this count as "normal" sickness? I am pretty sure it doesnt but obviously want to have links to advice I can give her if she needs it for any reason.
Really can anybody help me find her information that she will needs regarding her rights to have light duties assigned and sick leave in pregnancy? I have advised her to join her union also.
The sickness issue will depend on the trust, and she needs to speak to HR about that. In my trust pregnancy related sickness is not counted towards your sickness record.
If I was her Id go see GP tomorrow and get signed off again, then it will be one episode of sickness rather than 2.
Im not sure of her right to light duties (is there such a thing in nursing . I am finishing earlier than planned for mat leave as cannot continue my job as I am despite my manager doing everything he can to make it easier for me
If she has informed her manager, in writing, of her pregnancy, they are legally obligated to provide a tailored risk assessment. This should take into account any advice given by her doctor. acas website
With regards to the light duties mosschops, i work for same trust and my line manager put me on light duties(iv bags, admin etc) from day one. depends on your manager i suppose. She works with care of elderly so not the lightest wards at best of times, even if they could redeploy her to another ward.