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4. Welfare and rights of new and expectant mothers

A new or expectant mother may work nights, provided the work involved presents no risk to her health and safety. However, you should offer suitable alternative day work on the same terms and conditions if your risk assessment review has identified a risk to her from night work, or if her GP/midwife has provided a medical certificate stating she should not work nights.

If it is not possible to provide alternative day work, you must suspend her from work on paid leave for as long as necessary to protect the health and safety of her and her child.

It is unlawful to dismiss or discriminate against an employee because they are a new or expectant mother. Pregnant workers are also entitled to paid maternity leave and paid time off for ante-natal appointments.

More information on the rights of new and expectant mothers can be found in: Pregnancy and maternity rights in the workplace.

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