A Pregnant Employee, a Care Assistant, is Starting to Find the Duties and Long Hours Difficult: How do I Handle it?

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 25 July 2023
Emma Doherty
Tughans LLP
Issues covered: Pregnancy; Risk Assessments; Discrimination

Patricia Rooney and Emma Doherty from Tughans LLP answer this month's question:

“We have an employee who has recently informed us that she is pregnant. The employee mainly works as a Care Assistant and says she is starting to find the duties and long hours difficult. How should we handle this?”

Under the Health and Safety at Work (Northern Ireland) Order 1978, and related regulations, all employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of their employees in the workplace. This duty is enhanced in relation to expectant and new mothers, while also protecting employees of childbearing age.

As part of your health and safety obligations, you must regularly carry out “suitable and

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This article is correct at 25/07/2023

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Emma Doherty
Tughans LLP

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