Here's what you must do to protect your employee before and after the birth of her child
One of the things you must do to protect your employee before and after the birth of her child is to grant her four months maternity leave.
But it doesn't end there.
The Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service says that Section 26 (1) of the BCEA states that 'you may NOT require or allow a pregnant employee, or an employee who's nursing her child, to perform work hazardous to her or the health of her child.'
Note: This rule applies even if an employee wants to work in these hazardous conditions.
You have to give your employee a suitable alternative position for a period of six months after the birth of her child if:
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The Code of Good Practice on the Protection of Employees during Pregnancy and after the Birth of a Child says you must:
#1: Identify; record and regularly review the following:
#2: Where appropriate, maintain a list positions that don't carry any risks for pregnant or breast-feeding employees.
#3: Inform employees about hazards to pregnant and breast-feeding employees and the importance of immediately notifying the company of their pregnancy.
#4: Keep a record of every notification of pregnancy.
#5: When an employee tells you she's pregnant, you must evaluate her situation in the workplace. To do so, do the following:
#6: If the evaluation reveals there's a risk to the health or safety of the pregnant employee or the foetus, you must:
#7: Arrange for pregnant and breast-feeding employees to be able to attend antenatal and postnatal clinics as required during pregnancy and after birth.
#8: Arrange for employees who are breast-feeding to have breaks of 30minutes twice a day for breast-feeding or expressing milk each working day for the first six months of the child's life.
There you have it. Now that you know what you must do to protect your employee before and after the birth of her child, make sure you comply so you can avoid penalties.