Category Archives: Pregnancy

Will the furlough cut-off date place employees on maternity and other family leave at a disadvantage?

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Furlough cut-off for new employees may cause difficulty for those employees currently on family leave One of the major announcements was that the furlough / job retention scheme will close to new members on 30 June 2020. After this date, employers will only be able to furlough employees who have already been furloughed for the […]

Pregnancy, maternity and redundancy: Your questions answered

What do you need to know? In a recent case before the Southampton Employment Tribunal, beauty company, Liz Earle (based near our Head Office on the Isle of Wight), was found to have discriminated against a former employee because of her pregnancy.   The case against the well-known beauty brand was reported widely in the national […]

Five myths about…..maternity leave and pay

Essential Information for Employers Most employers will know about the rights and protections afforded to women who are pregnant or on maternity leave.   However, there are still some areas which cause confusion or which are troubling.   Here we dispel some of the myths regarding pregnancy and maternity rights. 1. It is unlawful to make an […]

Unfavourable treatment of an employee on maternity leave: An example

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Sending an email to an employee on maternity leave to inaccessible account could be ‘unfavourable treatment‘ In the case of SW Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust v Jackson it was recently decided that sending an important email to an employee on maternity leave to an account she did not have access to, could amount to […]

Redundancy and Maternity Leave: Reforms on the Horizon?

Proposals announced to enhance protections available to parents returning to work The Government launched a consultation on Friday 25th January 2019 with regards to proposals aimed at giving greater protection against redundancy to pregnant women and new mothers. The law currently provides that, if a woman on maternity leave is selected for redundancy, she is […]

Pregnant Employees: Risk Assessments & Sickness Absence

An employer’s guide to dealing with pregnant employees: Sickness & Risk Pregnancy Risk Assessment Contrary to popular belief there is no legal obligation upon you as an employer to carry out a specific risk assessment for a pregnant employee. Employers are required to protect the health and safety of all employees which includes undertaking a […]

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