Rights and obligations
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The maternity protection Act regulates the special protection rights of pregnant workers. It doesn't matter if you are a limited or unlimited employed, or working in the public service. Important keywords are protection against dismissal, protection at the workplace, maternity leave and parental leave.
The most important summarized in a brief overview. There is no obligation. In the maternity protection act is written that you 'should' put your employer about circumstances in knowledge.
In addition, protection against dismissal applies up to four months after the birth of your child. Exceptions are here fixed-term contracts, they end up like contractually provided for.
A further right is the individual employment prohibition. This comes into force if the pregnant woman and the child at work are exposed to health risks. But also complications in pregnancy can lead to an employment ban. This prohibition is advertised by a certificate from a doctor. The employer must continue to pay the salary in the employment ban.
Questions and answers
Is there a notification obligation for pregnant workers?
No. If you want to claim all rights, you must tell also your employer. According to the Maternity Protection Act, you should communicate your circumstances. It is recommend to wait the first critical 12 weeks. Then you tell your employer. So you and also your employer can adjust well to the new situation.
Is there any work you can not do when you are pregnant?
A clear Yes! Works which are classified for the pregnant woman and the baby as a health risk may no longer be made. In this case, your doctor is banning employment up to the birth of your baby.
Employers' Guide to Maternity Protection
This brochure is primarily written for employers. It provides detailed information on rights and obligations and contains the appendix to the Maternity Protection Act and the relevant provisions of the Fifth Social Code Book (SGB V).
Guide to maternity protection
Expectant and breastfeeding mothers enjoy special protection and consideration at the place of work, training and study. A new Maternity Protection Act will come into force on 1 January 2018.