Every woman who returns to work has to face the task of reconciling work and private life. Polish legislation protects not only pregnant women in a special way, but also employees who have children. What can mothers returning to work after maternity leave count on?
- A pregnant employee is under special protection. She cannot work overtime and work at night. An employee looking after a child under the age of 4 may not work overtime or at night. The employer’s limitations also apply to the fact that he cannot delegate the employee outside the permanent place of work.
- The employer should provide the woman with a position equivalent to the one she held before going on maternity leave. If this is not possible, she should be able to perform work that corresponds to her professional qualifications.
- A woman returning to the workplace may apply for a reduction in the working time. However, this only applies to 12 months.
- The employer must provide two 30-minute breaks for breastfeeding.
All these facilities are to help a working mother reconcile professional life with private life and, above all, with raising a child.