It’s important that the workplace is safe for everyone but special consideration must be made for the safety of new and expectant mothers at work.


Every year around 350,000 women in the UK continue to work after becoming pregnant and around 250,000 return to work after having their baby.

This New & Expectant Mothers Training Course has been designed to be used by employers, managers, expectant mothers and women returning to work after having a baby. It looks at the increased risks that pregnant women and new mothers may face and it looks at dealing with these risks in practical terms in the workplace.

It also looks at the risk assessments that need to be carried out and looks further into maternity rights, leave, pay and maternity allowance – all things that need to be considered.

In 2016 the Citizens Advice Bureau reported that it had seen a 58% increase in maternity leave queries in just 2 years – Take a look at the 10 most common examples of workplace maternity discrimination and make sure you avoid any similar scenarios with our New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training.

New and Expectant Mothers at Work Course Contents

1. Risk Assessments for New & Expectant Mothers


In this section we look at the two stages of risk assessment which should be done. Firstly a generic risk assessment – which is done for all employees, but must cover new and expectant mothers, regardless of whether an organisation has any. And the second stage of risk assessment – assessment after notification, which is all about re-visiting the generic risk assessment after a woman has notified her manager that she’s pregnant.

2. Workplace Risks


This section concentrates on the four main areas which must be considered in a risk assessment to take account of new and expectant mothers – physical factors – including manual handling and seating, biological hazards – for example illnesses and bacteria, chemical hazards, such as working with lead or mercury; and working conditions – which includes working hours, travelling and work environment.

3. Equality and Employment Law


This section covers maternity rights, such as maternity leave, maternity pay and maternity allowance. It looks at redundancy, paternity leave, adoption, surrogacy arrangements and returning to work. It refers to the Equality Act in connection with discrimination.

The 10 most common workplace maternity discrimination examples are as follows:

  • Singling out pregnant employees for redundancy

  • Mishandling requests for flexible working on return from maternity leave

  • Inappropriate comments

  • Health and Safety breaches

  • Penalising a woman who is sick during her pregnancy

  • Failure to communicate with an employee on maternity leave

  • Failure to pay an employee on maternity leave

  • Failure to allow a woman to return to work after pregnancy

  • Disadvantaging a new mother in relation to training and equipment

  • Basing recruitment decisions on an employees family situation


Duration: 50 Minutes


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