Blog: Pregnancy & maternity in the workplace – part 2

In our second blog on pregnancy and maternity discrimination, I’m looking at the area of effective communication during maternity leave. In the words of Spandau Ballet, ‘communication let me down, and I’m left here.’  We all know the point of good communication with your employees and it is something that we employment lawyers have been banging on…
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Blog: Pregnancy & maternity in the workplace – part 1

Many of you know that Employment Tribunals are on the increase.  You may not be aware though that one of the largest rises in Employment Tribunal claims comes from pregnancy/maternity dismissal and detriment cases. In the period Oct – Dec 2018 these types of claim had risen 56% (on the same quarter in 2017) and…
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Government Reforms (3): Family Friendly – Protection Against Redundancy

What do we already know? In our February 2019 Newsletter Government reforms (1): Family friendly – protection against redundancy we updated you that the Government had published a consultation, Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination: Consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents (available here).  The consultation asked for views on what changes could be…
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Government reforms (1): Family friendly – Protection against redundancy

In 2016 the Women and Equalities Select Committee held an inquiry into pregnancy and maternity discrimination (see our Blog Is employment law currently failing pregnant women?). The Committee found that discrimination against pregnant women and new mothers had become more common over the previous ten years and recommended steps that the Government should take to…
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Blog: Is 6 better than 3?

The Law Commission’s present review of the 3-month limitation period for bringing Employment Tribunal (ET) claims provides an interesting opportunity for reflection. Why 3? Apart from equal pay and redundancy pay claims, where the limitation period has been 6 months for decades, the 3-month window for all other ET claims is something with most of…
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Blog: Is employment law currently failing pregnant women?

Simon Martin, Specialist Employment Lawyer at Menzies Law
Yes it is, according to a report recently issued by a Committee of MPs, known as the Women and Equalities Committee.  They say that  “urgent action” is needed to give pregnant women and new mothers more protection at work after a “shocking” increase in discrimination. The Committee is calling for a German-style system, where it…
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Case update (1): Sex discrimination – post-natal depression

Summary:  Does dismissal for absence due to post-natal depression after maternity leave amount to sex and/or pregnancy discrimination? No, says the EAT in Lyons v DWP Jobcentre Plus. Facts:  The employee took ordinary maternity leave of six months, with six weeks annual leave following this. However, during the employee’s maternity leave she was diagnosed with…
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