What kind of working conditions does the employer have to provide to pregnant women and nursing mothers?


When working with an employee, the employer takes on a number of responsibilities towards him in relation to providing him with a safe and hygienic working environment. Special privileges in this area are working pregnant women and young mothers breastfeeding.

New law from 1 May 2017

As of 1 May 2017, new rules for the employment of pregnant women and nursing mothers have entered into force. Pursuant to the Ordinance of the Council of Ministers of April 3, 2017 on the list of burdensome, hazardous or harmful work for pregnant women and women who are breastfeeding, pregnant women may work on the computer for 8 hours a day and not until 4 hours daily. Such excessive shortening of working time for pregnant women working in front of the monitor was extremely troublesome for employers. If the employer was unable to provide pregnant women with other occupational duties in a workplace that would not involve work in front of the computer, the pregnant woman would work only half-time while maintaining a full-time pay.

From May 2017, a pregnant worker can work at the computer for 8 hours a day, but no longer than 50 minutes in one hour. By summing up this worker will work in 8 hours, but work in front of the monitor will perform for a total of 6 hours and 40 minutes.

Work in standing position

Pregnant woman must not work in standing position for more than 15 minutes without interruption, and after that she has a 15 minute break. During pregnancy it can not stand for more than 3 hours a day.

Work related to the load

Also from the beginning of May this year, new working standards for nursing mothers have been introduced. The employee can raise half the weight limit for the remaining women, and the pregnant woman only has a limit of 0.25.

Operation in both burdensome and inconvenient conditions

The employer in accordance with the amended Art. The Labor Code can not employ pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers in burdensome, hazardous or harmful work that may adversely affect the health of a mother, child or natural feeding.

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