Pregnancy, Maternity and Paternity
Pregnancy and Maternity (including Paternity) is a Protected Characteristic of the Equality Act (2010).
Pregnancy is the condition of being pregnant or expecting a baby. Maternity refers to the period after the birth, and is linked to maternity leave in the employment context. In the non-work context, protection against maternity discrimination is for 26 weeks after giving birth, and this includes treating a woman unfavourably because she is breastfeeding.
- NHS-Scotland-Breastfeeding-at-Work-guide-Mar16 (PDF, 922 KB)
- NHS breastfeeding and work leaflet (PDF, 91 KB)
The Sex Discrimination Act 1975 (as amended) has been revoked as parts of the Equality Act (2010) commenced. Much of the Act was revoked in October 2010 and the Gender Equality Duty was revoked on 6 April 2011.
Further relevant webpages:
- University Maternity Leave Policy
- University Paternity Leave Policy
- University H&S Expectant and breastfeeding mothers guidance
- Alcohol & Pregnancy
- EHRC Managing pregnancy and maternity in the workplace: Employer Toolkit
- Health Scotland: Breastfeeding and returning to work
- HSE: New and expectant mothers