ACAS Publishes Guidance on Pregnancy and Maternity

ACAS has updated its guidance on pregnancy and maternity related matters at work. The aim of the guidance is to ensure that the workplace is an inclusive environment for employees and workers; ensuring that they do not feel disadvantaged or undervalued once they fall pregnant or go on maternity leave and also to help employers to avoid unlawful discrimination. Topics include:

  • What behaviour and actions are unacceptable such as derogatory comments about an employee’s pregnancy or maternity;
  • Pregnancy and maternity awareness training for staff;
  • Health and safety for employees who are pregnant or new mothers; and
  • Avoiding stereotypes.

The guidance was prompted by approximately 14,000 calls which ACAS received on the topic last year.

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