How to deal with employee pregnancy

How to deal with employee pregnancy

Pregnancy is not an illness, however there are hazards in the workplace that if not managed effectively, may put pregnant employees, breast feeding mother or the unborn child at risk.

In all cases where a pregnant worker advises management of her pregnancy, a Pregnant Worker Questionnaire and a Pregnant Worker Assessment should be completed.  This is NOT a single event – it will need to be updated and modified at each trimester of the pregnancy.

Pregnancy needs to be dealt with in a serious manner, not only is the employee going to need time off work for maternity leave, but you have to assess the risks during the employees time at work, some of these risks are;

  • Manual handling
  • Physical fatigue
  • Computer work
  • Drugs
  • Chemical agents

All of these factors need to be considered whilst assessing the pregnant employee, if the employee has an accident at work because the employer hasn’t followed procedure then there could be fatal consequences.

Morning sickness and constantly going to the toilet will decrease the employees work rate, dexterity, agility, co-ordination, speed of movement, reach, may all be impaired due to increasing size.

To find out how you can deal with an pregnant employee in the best manner whilst covering your business, contact us today to discuss our pay-as-you-go service, no contracts, just fair and HONEST advice – On your terms

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Maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay increase

Maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay increase

In April 2012 further adjustments will be made to maternity, paternity, adoption and sick pay amounts.

Further changes to the standard statutory, maternity, adoption and maternity are set to increase from £128.73 to £135.45 per week, these changes will be put in to place from the 1st of April 2012.

Statutory sick pay (SSP) Is also set to change in April 2012, these rates will increase from £81.60 to £85.85 per week from April 6th 2012.

As an employer you need to keep these in mind during the near future, also any staff members who will be legible for these payments need to be checked, to make sure you are paying them the right amount.

During 2012 there are set to be many changes to Employment Law and Health & safety legislations, if you need to be updated on legislation changes  please get in contact today, we promise to keep you up to date in legislation changes and help you prepare any necessary changes tailored to your business.

Remember, we’re experts in the fields of HR and Health & Safety, so you don’t have to be, to find out more about our pay-as-you-go services please contact us to discuss your options today! Just HONEST advice – On YOUR terms!

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