Pregnant Employees

Good Employer Practice

Robinson D, Newton L | HR Network Paper MP41 | Institute for Employment Studies | Jan 2005

In recent decades, women's participation in the labour market has increased considerably. This rise is particularly evident among mothers of dependent children, who are more often returning to work after childbirth.

Because of this change, interest in the area of women in the workplace and, in particular, in how to avoid pregnancy discrimination has risen. Research indicates that many pregnant women face disadvantage at work, even with the protection of legislation.

This paper aims to:

  • provide recommendations on the basis of current research
  • highlight the implications for employers
  • provide a summary of good practice for managing pregnant employees
  • give details of how employers can avoid unintentional discrimination.