Alternative Work during Pregnancy Letter
Employers have a duty to protect the health of their employees and, if a pregnant employee’s work could put the employee or her unborn child at risk, the employer has a duty to remove the employee from that risk.
This Alternative Work During Pregnancy Letter is for use when the employer cannot make temporary changes to an employee’s role or working conditions (e.g. hours of work) in order to remove the risk to her health. In these circumstances, the employer must offer suitable and appropriate alternative work on terms and conditions that are not substantially less favourable than in the employee’s normal job.
If there is no suitable alternative role, or the employee refuses the alternative role, then the employer must suspend the employee on full pay until the start of her maternity leave. See Suspension of Pregnant Employee on Medical Grounds Letter.
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