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What obligations do I have in respect of a pregnant employee's health and safety?

You must ensure that all pregnant employees take at least two weeks off work (or four weeks if they work in a factory), immediately after the birth of their child. You must also carry out a health and safety risk assessment if the work they do could pose a risk to her or the baby.

If this assessment reveals any concerns, you must take all reasonable measures to avoid the risk. This could involve changing the employee’s working hours or conditions. If you’re unable to remove the risk, you must suspend the employee on full pay for as long as necessary.

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