New Legislation to offer Pregnant Women and New Parents greater protection against redundancy

November 17th 2022

The Government has backed new legislation to enable redundancy protection to be extended so it applies to pregnant women as well as new parents during or after certain family leave. It would also apply “during, or after” a ” protected period of pregnancy”.

If brought into legislation, it is expected that the new rules would extend an employer’s obligation to offer suitable alternative employment where one exists in a redundancy situation. This follows a government consultation where it was found that an estimated 54,000 women felt that they had to leave their jobs due to pregnancy or maternity discrimination. 

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