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An extension of rights for those recently on maternity leave?
As the law currently stands, if a woman is made redundant during her maternity leave, any available suitable alternative employment must be offered to her as a priority, ahead of her other employees who are also at risk of redundancy.
The Government has published a consultation paper which it proposes to extend this right to employees who have also been on maternity leave within the last 6 months.
The Government is also consulting on the following:
- extending the right to employees who have informed their employer that they are pregnant; and
- extending the right to those on adoption leave, shared parental leave and longer periods of parental leave.
It is important to realise that at this stage, they are merely proposals to change the existing law. No draft legislation has been made. We will update you in due course – for now though, watch this space!