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Legal News | 19.02.21

Extended redundancy protection for pregnant employees

Currently, those on maternity leave who are at risk of redundancy must be offered suitable alternative roles in advance of others. This protection ends once the employee returns to work.

Future changes will mean that this protection starts from the date the employee informs her employers that she is pregnant, whether verbally or in writing. This protection will last for a further six-month period once the employee returns to work. The extended protection will also be available to those on adoption and shared parental leave.

It is currently not confirmed when this will come into force.

If you would like more specific advice on how these changes could affect your business please get in touch with your usual contact or email: emma.jewell@wansbroughs.com.