These are minimum standards for keeping everyone safe and ensuring reasonable working conditions. If you and members are concerned about what is happening in your workplace, use our escalation guidance.
DO ensure that you’ve had a separate, individual risk assessment that takes into account your pregnancy, Covidsafety measures in your workplace and the prevalence of the virus in your local area. Pregnant women at all stages of pregnancy are classed as clinically vulnerable.
DON’T accept that individual risk assessments are set in stone – they must be revised to take into account the stage of your pregnancy, other circumstances at work and the prevalence of the virus in your local area.
DON’T start your maternity leave earlier than you have to. Your employer is responsible for keeping you safe at work and should medically suspend you on full pay if your workplace is not safe for you. Your NEU rep can help you to explain that you do not want to start your leave until it is right for you.
The third trimester
DO inform your employer of the increased risks to pregnant women in their third trimester. It is reasonable to ask your manager to work from home or for you to be suspended on full pay. The NEU recommends all women in their third trimester work from home
DON’T agree to come into work if it is unsafe. Size of classes makes social distancing difficult and pregnant women in this trimester must be allowed to work from home or redeployed onto duties that can be completed from home such as co-ordinating remote learning.
DO get in touch with your workplace rep if you have concerns about pay progression. Consider requesting an adjustment to your objectives.
Did you know that members on maternity leave, shared parental leave, or adoption leave do not have to pay membership fees?