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Government commits to ensuring new and expectant mothers have sufficient protections from redundancy

Makbool Javaid

In a response to a report by the Women and Equalities Select Committee on pregnancy and maternity discrimination, the BEIS will be consulting on options to ensure there is sufficient protection from redundancy. The response sets out two main commitments:

1. To consult on options to ensure that the protections in place for those who are pregnant or returning from maternity leave are sufficient. This does not, as many media reports suggest, totally accept that part of this protection ‘should be’, as proposed by the Committee, that women can only be made redundant in specified circumstances throughout pregnancy and maternity leave and for six months afterwards.
2. To consider what further guidance can be provided to courts and claimants about existing flexibilities in the tribunal system to extend the time limit for bringing pregnancy and maternity discrimination cases.

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