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Six general dos and donʼts to manage pregnant employees
1. Don't assume your employee's pregnant. There are potential discrimination issues that can come up if you don't handle the issue privately and discreetly.
2. Don't discriminate against, or dismiss
any employee becuase of her pregnancy (Sections 9(3) and (4), Constitution, Section 187(l), LRA, Section 6, EEA)
3. Do remember that all potential employees are also protected by the law and you must give their employment application the same fair and equal consideration as all other applicants.
4. Do let your employee be the one to let management know she's pregnant. You can then set the administrative wheels in motion.
5. Do make sure she's clear on your organisation's maternity policy and any pregnancy-related benefits that you offer or which will be affected by her maternity leave. She must also understand any return-to-work policies.
6. Do follow doctor recommendations to the letter. If an employee's ability to physically perform her job's affected by her pregnancy, it's up to her to provide written instructions from her doctor. Legally, you're expected to carefully follow the doctor's directions on how long the employee can work, her physical limitations, and necessary time off during the pregnancy. It may be necessary to remove the employee from work activities or work environments which may pose a danger to her or her baby at this time.
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