I am 25 weeks pregnant and work as an electrician apprentice so end up doing all the hard jobs like crawling under

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Customer: I am 25 weeks pregnant and work as an electrician apprentice so end up doing all the hard crappy jobs like crawling under floors in tight spaces, heavy lifting like outdoor heatpumps (not daily), crawling in ceiling spaces which can also be twice the temperature outside, working up the top of 2 story high ladders and working on construction sights and unsafe buildings. My problem is that I dont know where I stand with finishing at work. My work colleagues wont let me not do some of the lighter duties and are rather ruthless when helping and put a lot of strain on my body as I have sciatic pain and a pulled muscle in upper ribs/back what am I entitled too if I leave before my employer chooses it's time for me to leave and will this affect my maternity pay etc
JA: Have you discussed this workplace safety issue with a manager or HR? Or with a lawyer?
Customer: My boss is aware of the dangers but is also short staffed. There is not any light duties at the workplace. I have not spoken to a lawyer as I am unaware who i can actually contact about this
JA: Are you an "at will" employee? Do you belong to a union?
Customer: No only a small business, and I dont know what "at will" means?
JA: The Employment Lawyer will be able to walk you through that. Anything else you want the Lawyer to know before I connect you?
Customer: I haven't been able to be at work for about 3 weeks already due to the nature of the work, back pain, sciatica and exhaustion as we often work alot later than the finish time.
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You need to have a discussion about these issues with your employer because there may be a serious health and safety issue here. He cannot discriminate in your work because of your pregnancy, but equally he must take this into account in dealing with your present health. I assume you are on ACC at the moment, and owuld need to know when you can take parental leave.

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If you are having a baby and want to take parental leave you must write to your employer at least three months before the baby’s expected due date.

The letter must say:

  • what type of leave you want
  • the date that you want the leave to start, and
  • how long the period of leave will be.

If you’re sharing any part of your leave with your spouse or partner, the letter must also say:

  • the dates on which you and your spouse or partner plan to start and finish each period of leave
  • your spouse or partner’s name and, if they are an employee, the name and address of their employer
  • that you and your spouse or partner are both eligible for the leave you are applying for
  • that the total amount of leave you and your spouse or partner are taking will not be more than 52 weeks (not counting any partner’s leave taken).
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