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Government issues response to pregnancy and maternity consultation

Continuing with the running theme of government consultations that have emerged over the course of July, the government last week released its response to the consultation on pregnancy and maternity discrimination. The consultation, which ran from 25 January 2019 to 5 April 2019, focused on extending redundancy protection for pregnant women and new parents, and came off the back of research by BEIS (published in 2016) that demonstrated pregnancy and maternity discrimination is still far too prevalent in the workplace.
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Government issues response to pregnancy and maternity consultation

Court of Appeal rules that employers can enhance maternity pay without offering enhanced shared parental pay

The Court of Appeal has held that it is neither unlawful sex discrimination (direct or indirect) nor a breach of the sex equality clause implied into all contracts by the Equality Act 2010 (EqA) to pay men on shared parental leave less than birth mothers on statutory maternity leave.
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Court of Appeal rules that employers can enhance maternity pay without offering enhanced shared parental pay

Women and Equalities Select Committee Response: Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

The Select Committee has asked the government to implement its proposed extension of redundancy protections as quickly as possible – and to introduce additional protections.
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Women and Equalities Select Committee Response: Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Returning to work after maternity can be a daunting prospect for new mums, and it is important for them to feel that they will be valued and supported upon their return. Unfortunately, this is not the case for many women. With Brexit fast approaching, Theresa May is said to be "determined to do even more as we leave the EU", including by building on the current EU requirements on maternity and paternity leave protection.
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Consultation on extending redundancy protection for new parents

Companies must do more to keep in touch with women on maternity leave

In a recent interview, Robert Jenrick, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, has said that companies must do more to keep in touch with women when they are on maternity leave.
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Companies must do more to keep in touch with women on maternity leave