Consultation on redundancy protection for women and new parents

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Have your say on proposed changes to extend redundancy protection for women and new parents.


Currently, special protection from redundancy applies to women on maternity leave. Employers must offer women on maternity leave a suitable alternative vacancy where one is available, giving them priority over other employees also at risk of redundancy but not on maternity leave.


The government is currently consulting on extending this redundancy protection to pregnancy, as well as a six-month period following return from maternity leave. The effect would be to significantly extend the protected period.


Given the NHS is a predominantly female workforce, employers may wish to consider practical issues that may arise when running a redundancy exercise should these new provisions come in to place.


In addition, the consultation asks who could additionally receive special protection, for example those taking shared parental leave or adoption leave.


Our response will be on behalf of employers in the NHS. Please help inform this by filling in our short survey. 

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