Maternity Action has published a new report on the impact of redundancies on pregnant women and new mothers. The report calls on the government to act on its commitment (made in January 2017) to review redundancy protection during and following pregnancy. Despite making this commitment, there has, so far, been no consultation or timescale for doing so.
According to the report, one in every 20 mothers is made redundant during pregnancy, maternity leave or on their return to work. Maternity Action is seeking for greater redundancy protections during this period, to apply for a period of six months after return to work. This would permit redundancy in only limited circumstances, such as closure of the business.
The report also calls for the extension of the time limit for bringing a claim to the employment tribunal to six months for pregnant women and new mothers.
A copy of the report is available from the Maternity Action website.