Government consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

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Government consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

The consultation, issued on January 25th 2019 seeks views on proposals to extend the current provisions.

Under the current provisions (contained in the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999) a woman being made redundant during her maternity leave is entitled to be offered alternative work where there is a suitable vacancy. The Government’s proposal is to extend this same right to a woman from the point she informs her employer (in writing) that she is pregnant until six months after she returns from maternity leave.

The consultation also asks whether this right should be extended to other employees who enjoy similar rights, i.e. those taking shared parental leave and adoption leave, and whether there are any further steps the Government should consider to improve the advice and guidance available to employees and employers about the employment rights of pregnant women and new mothers.

The consultation closes on 5 April 2019… so don’t expect any speedy response!


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