Maternity protection; notification of the employment of a pregnant or breastfeeding woman
If one of your employees, pupils or students has informed you that she is pregnant or breastfeeding, you must report this to the relevant labour inspectorate.
If your employee has informed you that she is pregnant or breastfeeding, you as the employer must immediately notify the competent labour inspectorate of the employment of the pregnant or breastfeeding employee with the woman's name and dates of employment.
The same applies to schools and universities. These must also notify the competent trade supervisory office of their pregnant or breastfeeding pupils/students in accordance with their employment status if they are participating in compulsory training events or completing a compulsory internship.
In the notification to the competent trade supervisory office, we recommend also providing information on the type and time scope of the employment or (higher) school education of the pregnant or breastfeeding woman. This may save the labour inspectorate from having to make further enquiries.
In addition, the competent trade supervisory office must also be notified if you as an employer intend to employ a pregnant or breastfeeding woman on Sundays and public holidays or with clocked work.
Employing a pregnant or breastfeeding woman after 8 p.m. is generally not permitted. If you as an employer intend to employ a pregnant or breastfeeding woman until 10 p.m., you must apply for a permit for this from the Labour Inspectorate. You can find more details on the application requirements and application forms on the websites of the district governments - Trade Inspectorate.
Schools or universities that employ a pregnant or breastfeeding pupil or student at night between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. or on Sundays and public holidays must also notify the trade supervisory authority. There is no additional obligation to obtain a permit for night work.
Your employee, pupil or student has informed you that she is pregnant or breastfeeding.
Notification of the employment or activity of a pregnant or breastfeeding woman must be made online to the labour inspectorate at the regional district government responsible for the place of employment or place of training and study of the pregnant or breastfeeding woman (see "Online procedure").
The forms provided under "Forms" are to be used for the supplementary notifications to the labour inspectorate.
The notification must be made immediately after the employee announces the pregnancy or breastfeeding to the employer or, in the case of a pupil/student, to the school/college. If the pregnancy has already been reported, additional notification of the breastfeeding period is no longer necessary.
Please select a location in "Localization" so that the address of the responsible authority can be filled in.
Links to more information
Responsible for editing: Bayerisches Staatsministerium für Familie, Arbeit und Soziales
- Online transactions, Bavaria-wide
- Online transactions, locally limited
- Prefillable Form, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, Bavaria-wide
- Legal bases, locally limited
- Fees, Bavaria-wide
- Fees, locally limited