In March 2016, EUmatters published an article on Brexit and working women’s rights.
Written by Abigail Rumsey, the article identifies British protections that are derived from EU law.
EU countries have to ensure that:
- During pregnancy and for a time following childbirth, women are not obliged to perform night work
- Women are allowed paid time off to attend antenatal appointments
- Women can take at least 14 weeks’ maternity leave
- Women may not be dismissed for reasons related to their condition from the beginning of their pregnancy to the end of their maternity leave
- Women have the right to return to the same job after maternity leave
“The EU Parliament makes strong laws that were not created to be bureaucracy for businesses. They provide protection for all working people – including women.”