Guide

Pregnancy at work

Medical suspension on maternity grounds

An employee who is pregnant, or has recently given birth, or who is breast-feeding may have to be suspended from work on maternity grounds if continued attendance might damage her, or the baby's health.

An employee who is suspended is entitled to full pay, which includes any bonuses or commission they would have been paid. Their suspension should last until the risk to them or their baby has been removed.

If the employee unreasonably refuses suitable alternative work the employer doesn't have to pay them.

An employee is entitled to make a complaint to an industrial tribunal if there is suitable alternative work available which her employer has failed to offer her before suspending her from work on maternity grounds. They can also complain to an industrial tribunal is they don’t get the right amount of pay.