Mothers and Pregnancy: Redundancy

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 14th July 2021.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment his Department has made of the potential merits of introducing a ban on making pregnant women and new mothers redundant between (a) notification of pregnancy and (b) six months after return to work.

Photo of Marsha de Cordova Marsha de Cordova Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, when he plans to bring forward proposals to extend pregnancy redundancy discrimination protections.

Photo of Paul Scully Paul Scully Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (London)

The Government consulted on increasing redundancy protection for pregnant women and new mothers in 2019. In our response to the consultation, we said that the existing framework which applies while a mother is on Maternity Leave (Regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc.) would be extended into the period from the start of her pregnancy and for six months on return to work. We will also extend redundancy protection into a period of return to work for those taking shared parental leave and adoption leave.

We will introduce these changes as soon as Parliamentary time allows.

Does this answer the above question?

Yes1 person thinks so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.