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Special Protections for Pregnant/Breastfeeding Workers – Know the Laws of your Province

Employers may have to temporarily reassign pregnant workers to less hazardous jobs.

The OHS regulations of many jurisdictions require employers to take special safety measures to protect workers who are pregnant, trying to get pregnant and, in some cases, breast-feeding, against work hazards that may endanger either the worker or her fetus or child. Such protections, which are triggered when workers notify employers of their condition, include reassignment to less hazardous work. In some cases, workers may be able to stop performing their dangerous job duties with no loss in pay or benefits until they’re reassigned (or, where reassignment isn’t possible, until the pregnancy ends). Employers must also ensure that pregnant and breast-feeding workers aren’t exposed to dangerous levels or types of hazardous chemicals, biological substances and radiation. Here’s a summary of the OHS pregnancy protection rules, if any, of each jurisdiction.
Special OHS Protections for Workers Who Are Pre...

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