Redundancy Protection for Women and New Parents

The government has published another consultation paper, following a suggestion in the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.

Currently, if a woman on maternity leave is selected for redundancy, she must be given priority over other redundant employees when the employer offers suitable alternative employment (regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999).

Extension of existing rights

The proposal is to extend this right to women who have returned from maternity leave in the previous six months, and the government is also considering extending this right to women who have told their employer that they are pregnant.

Finally, the government is considering extending the right to those on adoption leave, shared parental leave and longer periods of parental leave.

What Happens Next

Responses to the consultation are sought by 5 April 2019. Full details of the proposed amendments, and how you can respond to them, can be found in the document here.


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