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Pregnant Workers and New Mothers Sample Policy

A policy should include:

• Sufficient paid leave so that women are not forced back to work when the baby is very young.

• An agreement that allows time off for medical appointments if the baby is ill and if there are childcare problems.

• Assistance with the costs of, or by providing, quality childcare will also help relieve anxiety about the care of the baby during working hours.

• The policy should make it explicit that pregnancy should not be equated with illness.

• The employer should provide facilities for breast feeding mothers to express milk.

• Ensuring that the new laws giving rights to paternity leave, parental leave, time off for dependents, flexible working, adoption leave, and part-time, agency and temporary workers are all fully recognised in any workplace family rights policy.

Women’s Health and Safety at Work Toolkit

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