Softening the firing of a pregnant employee (On Law)

Employers can take a number of steps to lessen the impact for a pregnant worker who loses her job
By Natalie C. MacDonald
|CHRR, Guide to Payroll|Last Updated: 09/11/2003

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erminating a pregnant employee is never an easy task. But there are steps an employer can take, in how it handles severance pay and determining the termination date, that can go a long way in making things easier for the employee and the organization.

The federal Employment Insurance Act affords benefits for both pregnancy and parental leave. But the woman must meet certain conditions to be eligible for these benefits. It is often difficult for her to do so if the employer terminates her employment at the wrong time.