BEIS has published a consultation paper on extending redundancy protection for women and new parents.

The consultation seeks view on:

  • extending protection to women who have returned from maternity leave in the past six months, not just those who are currently on maternity leave;
  • whether to extend protection from the date a woman tells her employer in writing that she is pregnant; and
  • whether to extend protection to parents returning from adoption leave, shared parental leave and longer periods of parental leave.

In addition, the consultation paper states that the Government will consult on changing the ET time limit for bringing claims relating to discrimination, harassment and victimisation, which is currently three months.

The consultation closes on 5 April and is here