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Nine Months : What happens if you are ill?

If you fall sick in pregnancy, you should follow your employer's normal sickness reporting policy. You are entitled to any sick pay that your employer normally gives. Your employer should record any pregnancy-related sick leave separately from other sick leave and it should not count towards your total sickness absence for disciplinary or redundancy purposes. It is against the law for your employer to dismiss you or treat you less favourably because of your pregnancy or for having taken sick leave during your pregnancy. Your employer can only 'trigger' your maternity leave if you are off sick for a pregnancy-related reason in the four weeks before your baby is due.

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