Pregnant women in borough set to get more job protection

 Pregnant women in borough set to get more job protection

Pregnant women and parents in the borough will receive greater protection from redundancy when returning to work under new plans outlined today.

The government has proposed extending legal protection against redundancy for pregnant women for six months after they return to the workplace.

There are further plans to also extend protection to others, including men, who return from adoption or shared parental leave.

Theresa May said: “People in this country already benefit from some of the most rigorous workplace standards in the world, including parental leave and pay entitlements, but we are determined to do even more as we leave the EU.

“It’s unacceptable that too many parents still encounter difficulties when returning to work.”

Business Department research found that one in nine women had been fired or made redundant when they return to work after having a child, or were treated so badly they felt forced out of their job.

Business Minister Kelly Tolhurst said: “Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is illegal, but some new mothers still find unacceptable attitudes on their return to work which effectively forces them out of their jobs.”

Mumsnet founder, Justine Roberts welcomed the news.

She said: “Mumsnet users talk a lot about pregnancy and maternity discrimination, and in a 2018 survey 96% of women we surveyed said having children affected mothers’ careers for the worse.

“It’s a multifaceted problem requiring a change in attitude and culture as well as legislation, but stronger legal protection is a very welcome first step.

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