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Maternity leave and pay: what nurses are entitled to and employers’ obligations

We explain the complex rules relating to pay and time off for pregnant staff and their partners

A guide to the complex rules relating to pay and time off for pregnant staff and their partners

What are employers’ obligations towards pregnant staff?

Employers must give all pregnant employees reasonable paid time off to attend antenatal care appointments made on the advice of a doctor, midwife or health visitor, says the government . This includes parenting and relaxation classes.

Employers must also carry out risk assessments to check their staff are safe at work.

The RCN says that nurses who are pregnant or have recently given birth should talk to their manager and request a risk assessment.

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