Advice Column: Coronavirus and Pregnancy

Thursday 25th June 2020

As part of the Citizens Advice Exeter and The Express and Echo weekly advice column, this week we focus on returning to work if you are pregnant.

I’m pregnant and worried about returning to work, what can I do? 

It is understandable that you have questions about how they can safely get back to work.

If you’re pregnant, current public health advice says you should minimise contact with other people outside of your household.

Employers are allowed to furlough people for any reason arising from the coronavirus pandemic, so this could include protecting pregnant workers.

There are also pre-existing, pre-coronavirus protections for pregnant women where the workplace poses a risk. This could mean being offered suitable alternative work or suspension on full pay if no alternative risk-free work is available.

It is important to talk through any concerns with your employer as soon as possible so that you can reach a solution that works for both of you, and allows you to feel safe if you return to work. If you are a member of a trade union they will be able to help you to raise your concerns with your employer.

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Look out for our column next week when we focus on returning to work and childcare

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