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As new guidance for pregnant and returning mums is published by the TUC and Maternity Action, they warn too many employers are not doing enough to protect pregnant women at work.
The TUC and Maternity Action have published new guidance which details steps bosses should be taking to keep female staff safe during and after pregnancy.
The new guide says there are clear laws in place to protect new and expectant mothers, but warns that many bosses don’t know what they should be doing or are ignoring their legal responsibilities.
A recent survey by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) found that two in five (41%) expectant mothers felt that there was a risk to their health or welfare at work during pregnancy.
The guide highlights the risks new and expectant mothers face. These include:
The guide suggests ways bosses can keep their pregnant staff safe including:
The guide also sets out what employers need to do when a new mum returns to work, and how bosses can support their female staff with breastfeeding and expressing milk.
TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady said: “Pregnancy can be a stressful enough time for any woman without them having to worry about dangers at work as well.
“Bosses need to do far more to ensure expectant or new mums are safe at work. Too many are ignoring their legal duty to remove risks from the workplace.”