Protect the health and safety of pregnant women at work

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Maternity Action’s Legal Working Group has released a briefing outlining women’s rights under health and safety legislation in the context of the COVID-19 ‘lockdown’.

Maternity Action’s Senior Legal Officer, Katie Wood, explains the urgency of the situation: “Every day on our advice lines, we are hearing from distressed pregnant women who have been directed to work in public-facing roles despite the risk of infection. Health and safety law does not permit pregnant women to be in roles which carry a greater risk than they would face outside the workplace. The law is the same no matter how many weeks pregnant they are.” Maternity Action’s advice: Employers should stop telling pregnant women to work on supermarket checkouts or in public-facing roles in health and care during the Covid lockdown. Maternity Action has written to the the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists to clarify the legal requirements that apply to pregnant women in frontline health and care jobs. 

Read Maternity Action’s Legal Working Group’s full briefing on health and safety protection here.
Pregnant women working in health and care jobs, supermarket checkouts and other public-facing roles can use Maternity Action’s model letter to write to employers for health and safety protection at work. It has been prepared by Maternity Action lawyers in accordance with employment law.
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