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Last but not least! From 06 April, pregnant women and those taking maternity, shared parental or adoption leave will benefit from extended redundancy protection. Here’s the detail.

Currently, a woman at risk of redundancy is entitled to any suitable alternative roles available during her maternity leave period (ahead of any individual selected for redundancy who is not on maternity leave).

The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023 means that from 06 April:

  • You must offer in priority to anyone else suitable alternative roles to any individual at risk of redundancy and this is the case from the date they notify you of their pregnancy, until up to six months after their return to work; and
  • This right also covers parents returning from adoption or shared parental leave who are put at risk of redundancy.

Practical steps – update any applicable policies you have in place and ensure that you’re training those implementing redundancy processes on the new rules to ensure they don’t fall foul of the changes.

We’re here to help! Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you need our guidance on implementing these changes or training your team.

This update is accurate on the date it was published, but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.