The Chair of the Women and Equalities Committee, Maria Miller MP, has introduced The Pregnancy and Maternity (Redundancy Protection) Bill 2019 in the House of Commons. The Bill seeks to prohibit redundancy during pregnancy and maternity leave and for six months after the end of the pregnancy or leave, except in specified circumstances, and for connected purposes. In 2016 the Committee demanded urgent action to address the ‘shocking’ increase in workplace pregnancy discrimination over the past decade’. Miller has criticised the lack of progress made and as neither new parents nor the economy can afford to wait any longer for pregnant women and new mums to get proper protection from redundancy the Bill has been introduced with cross-party support.
Bill introduced to provide new protections for pregnant women and new mums
Article by: Makbool Javaid |