Advice on pregnant workers to be reviewed

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has reported that early 40% of employers do not discuss risks when they have been told that an employee is pregnant.

In a report entitled “Pregnancy and discrimination in the workplace, recommendations for change” the Commission urged the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to review guidance on issues such as raising awareness of employer responsibilities and the need to conduct and communicate effective risk assessments.

In the survey, 20% of workers reported that it was they rather than their employer who had identified particular risks. HSE and EHRC will work together to address the areas of concern.

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