Covered in this course

The New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training course is broken down into 3 sections.

1) Risk Assessments for New & Expectant Mothers

In this section we look at the two stages of risk assessment which should be done. Firstly a generic risk assessment – which is done for all employees, but must cover new and expectant mothers, regardless of whether an organisation has any. And the second stage of risk assessment - assessment after notification, which is all about re-visiting the generic risk assessment after a woman has notified her manager that she’s pregnant.

Diagram representing the risks that are common to new and expectant mothers

2) Workplace Risks

This section concentrates on the four main areas which must be considered in a risk assessment to take account of new and expectant mothers – physical factors – including manual handling and seating, biological hazards – for example illnesses and bacteria, chemical hazards, such as working with lead or mercury; and working conditions – which includes working hours, travelling and work environment.

Diagram showing risks that expectant mothers are more susceptible to as part of our new and expectant mothers at work training

3) Equality and Employment Law

This section covers maternity rights, such as maternity leave, maternity pay and maternity allowance. It looks at redundancy, paternity leave, adoption, surrogacy arrangements and returning to work. It refers to the Equality Act in connection with discrimination.

The 10 most common workplace maternity discrimination examples are as follows:

  • Singling out pregnant employees for redundancy
  • Mishandling requests for flexible working on return from maternity leave
  • Inappropriate comments
  • Health and Safety breaches
  • Penalising a woman who is sick during her pregnancy
  • Failure to communicate with an employee on maternity leave
  • Failure to pay an employee on maternity leave
  • Failure to allow a woman to return to work after pregnancy
  • Disadvantaging a new mother in relation to training and equipment
  • Basing recruitment decisions on an employees family situation
Diagram representing a disagreement between employer and employee as part of our new and expectant mothers training

New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training Certificate

Each of our courses ends with a multiple choice test to measure your knowledge of the material.

This New and Expectant Mothers at Work - Training course concludes with a 20 question multiple choice test with a printable certificate. In addition, brief in-course questionnaires guide the user through the sections of the training and are designed to reinforce learning and ensure maximum user engagement throughout.

As well as printable user certificates, training progress and results are all stored centrally in your LMS (Learning Management System) and can be accessed any time to reprint certificates, check and set pass marks and act as proof of a commitment to ongoing legal compliance.

What does my certificate include?

Your New and Expectant Mothers at Work Training Certificate includes your name, company name (if applicable), name of course taken, pass percentage, date of completion, expiry date and stamps of approval or accreditations by recognised authorities.

New and Expectant Mothers Training Certificate

Real user reviews

Based on 9 real user reviews.

4.67 out of 5
Excellent course

Enjoyed the learning content in the course

Easy to follow.

Included all the information required in an easy to follow format.

Very intuitive and easy to understand

I would use this module not only with pregnant staff, but also with managers who may have pregnant staff within their teams (or women who might become pregnant) It gives lots of information to anyone who reads it and could help managers support their staff in a more understanding way


I found this course easy and simple to follow and interesting in the content.

Easy to follow programme

Very interesting and useful knowledge. A learnt a lot of things that I was unaware about!

well informed infomation

excellent up dated infomation as always.

User-friendly and easy to understand

I received really good customer service from iHasco when I had trouble accessing the online training - the staff were helpful and quick to respond. The training itself was user-friendly; easy to navigate and clear vocabulary.

easy to use. Straigtforward information

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Legislation relating to New & Expectant Mothers in the Workplace

It's important that you comply with the law and know the ways in which it affects you and the way you work. Take a look at relevant legislation below.

The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999

The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations came into force on the 15th of December, 1999. This legislation makes it clear that expectant parents are legally entitled to parental leave and provides more information on: 

  • Unfair dismissals
  • Extent of entitlement
  • Protection from detriment and discrimination
  • Pay
  • Contractual rights

(1) An employee is entitled to ordinary maternity leave provided that she satisfies the following conditions—

(a) At least 21 days before the date on which she intends her ordinary maternity leave period to start, or, if that is not reasonably practicable, as soon as is reasonably practicable, she notifies her employer of—

(i) Her pregnancy;

(ii) The expected week of childbirth, and

(iii) The date on which she intends her ordinary maternity leave period to start,

(b) If requested to do so by her employer, she produces for his inspection a certificate from—

(i) A registered medical practitioner, or

(ii) A registered midwife,

stating the expected week of childbirth.

The Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999
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