PROTECTION FOR THE PREGNANT

If you become pregnant, and your doctor advises you at some point during your pregnancy that you should stop working, should you worry about losing your job?

Generally, there is no reason to fret because New Hampshire law protects you.  New Hampshire law requires employers to “permit a female employee to take leave of absence for the period of temporary physical disability resulting from pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.”  New Hampshire law also protects pregnant women when they are ready to return to work.  “When the employee is physically able to return to work, her original job or a comparable position shall be made available to her by the employer unless business necessity makes this impossible or unreasonable.”

Be mindful, however, of the fact that an employer must have at least 6 employees in order to be required to extend these protections to pregnant workers.

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