Employers have a duty to carry out a Risk Assessment for a pregnant employee to assess and control risks to the mother and her unborn child. If the risk assessment identifies any specific risks that cannot be avoided and no adjustments can be made or suitable alternative work found, the employee may be suspended from work on full pay to protect her and her unborn child.
The Agency’s Enquiry Point is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Enquiry Point advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Enquiry Point is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Enquiry Point provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.