How to deal with pregnant employees and those on maternity leave in a redundancy situation
Author: Clare McNicholas
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- When seeking to carry out redundancies be aware of the need to be particularly careful when dealing with pregnant employees and those on maternity leave.
- Ensure that any selection criteria are objective and non-discriminatory and that they are applied fairly.
- Include employees on maternity leave in the consultation exercise.
- Offer any suitable vacancies to those employees on maternity leave.
- Base the calculation of statutory redundancy pay on the employee's normal pay.
- Understand the rules on notice pay during maternity leave.
- Consider if an employee will be entitled to receive statutory maternity pay, even if they are made redundant before it becomes payable.
- Provide a written statement of reasons for dismissal without waiting for a request for one.