In January 2019, the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy published a consultation on extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents.
The Government have published their response in a report in July 2019 which looks at the responses of the consultation and proposes a series of recommendations.
The consultations finds:
- Over three quarters of respondents to the consultation agreed that the redundancy protection currently provided when someone is on maternity leave should be extended into a period of return to work
- Consultation responses were clearly in favour (over 80%) of providing similar redundancy protections to other groups returning to work having taken extended periods of leave for similar purposes to maternity leave
From this consultation, the Government will:
- Ensure the redundancy protection period applies from the point the employee informs the employer that she is pregnant, whether orally or in writing
- Extend the redundancy protection period for six months once a new mother has returned to work
- Extend redundancy protection into a period of return to work for those taking adoption leave. It will do so following the same approach as the extended protection it is providing for those returning from maternity leave
- Establish a taskforce of employer and family representative groups