Consultation on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents

25 January 2019

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is seeking views on extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and mothers. The consultation also sets out more widely what the department is doing to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination and explains the current law on redundancy protection.

This is a commitment that was made in the government’s response to the Taylor Review, and had also previously been raised by the Women and Equalities Select Committee (WESC).

The consultation recommends that the current protection afforded under the  Maternity and Paternity Leave etc Regulations 1999 (which apply to the period of maternity leave) be extended to cover the period of pregnancy and a period after, an extension of 6 months.

The consultation asks how best to achieve that and who would be covered, for example, those taking Shared Parental Leave or Adoption Leave.


BEIS has produced an online survey for interested stakeholders to provide feedback (closes 5 April 2019).