Maternity Action has released a report which claims that one in every twenty mothers are made redundant during pregnancy, maternity leave or upon their return to work and some of these redundancies are unfair and/or amount to discrimination. Maternity Action is the UK’s leading charity committed to ending inequality and improving the health and well-being of pregnant women, their partners and children and this latest campaign calls on the Government to urgently act on its commitment made in January this year to review redundancy protection. The report recommends that the UK adopts the German model of redundancy protection which would mean that women could not be made redundant from the point at which they notify their employer of their pregnancy right through to six months after their return to work, subject to some limited exceptions.
The report forms part of a manifesto produced by Maternity Action last year. Other policy changes which form part of this manifesto include revised guidance for employers conducting health and safety risk assessments for pregnant women and new mothers; better protecting those in precarious forms of employment; the removal of employment tribunal fees; a right to breastfeed at work; and an increase to the flat rate of parental pay by 2020.