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Scope of redundancy protection may be extended

On 20 May, a 10-minute Rule Bill was introduced in the House of Commons to extend redundancy protection for women and new parents. This is further to the publication of the Women and Equalities Select Committee (WESC) support for the proposal on 1 May.

The bill seeks to extend the six-month protection from redundancy to begin from the day a mother returns from maternity leave, and not when an employer is first notified in writing of the pregnancy.

The bill goes further as it also seeks to encompass women who experience a stillbirth or miscarriage – they too would be protected six months from the end of their pregnancy or any leave entitlement.
We will keep you updated on further developments.