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Redundancy Protection Rights to be Extended to Include New Parents Returning to Work

Jan 29, 2019
by Kimberley Wallace, Consultant
0333 400 7920 | kim@employassisthr.co.uk

The government has launched a 10-week consultation on proposals to extend the existing redundancy protection rights that currently apply to pregnant women and to those on maternity leave.

Under existing law, women that are pregnant or on maternity leave are afforded enhanced protection if a redundancy situation occurs; in that they are entitled to be offered a suitable alternative vacancy if one is available.

The government proposes that this enhanced protection will be continue for women for up to a further six months after they return to work. The consultation will also seek views on giving these same rights to parents (male or female partners) returning to work from adoption or shared parental leave.

These consultations follow research by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whose survey found that one in nine women had been dismissed or made redundant when they returned to work after having a child, or they were treated so badly they felt they had to leave their job.

It is hoped that the moves towards this extended enhanced redundancy protection will reduce pregnancy and maternity discrimination as well as prevent those returning to work after having children from being treated unfairly.