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Is it legal for an employer to not pay an employee for pregnancy-related illness if the employee does not qualify for SSP?
Employment/ pregnancy rights I started a new job a few months ago that pays SSP only, which I believe is only after a week of a continuous illness ? So therefore no pay if an odd day off. I fell pregnant unintentionally not long after starting and had awful morning sickness between 8 and 13 weeks which meant I was having odd days off here and there which therefore doesn't qualify for SSP as it wasn't continuous My question is though, you can't get penalised by work for pregnancy related illness, so therefore is it legally correct that I received no pay while off with morning sickness? Or can I get a doctors not to cover the random days in those weeks so I at least get some SSP? I ended up on antisickness as it got to a point I couldn't hold down water some days so my GP is aware I was sick. After tax and everything coming out I ended up with 1/4 of my normal take home pay! 🙈

Anonymous

22nd March 2022

Top Answer
NQ but a retail manager. You can't be discriminated against for being pregnant but there's no right to pay beyond your contract in terms of sick pay. In your case they only pay SSP which is after a few days off so you wouldn't qualify for it. Unfortunately just because you are pregnant doesn't mean you get paid for being off sick regardless whether it's pregnancy related or not.

Sandra Haley

22nd March 2022

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