Consultation on extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents

Close date: 5 April 2019

The Government consults on extending the period of protection against redundancy to pregnant women and new parents returning to work after having children, with the aim of tackling discrimination in the workplace due to childbirth. The Government seeks views on whether or not the right to be offered any suitable alternative vacancy afforded during the maternity leave period should be extended for a certain period on return to work and, if so, whether or not six months is an appropriate period. It is also considering extending the protection to pregnant mothers for a period before maternity leave. In addition, the consultation invites views on whether or not the same protection should be extended to other types of leave, such as adoption leave, shared parental leave and longer periods of parental leave.
Consultation document: Consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents
Consultation outcome:Consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents - government response