Pregnancy & Maternity Discrimination - A Guide for HR Managers & Employment Lawyers
Pregnancy and maternity discrimination is still a huge problem in the UK and this appears to have been exacerbated by COVID-19. A TUC study carried out in June 2020 found that 1 in 4 pregnant women and new mothers experienced unfair treatment or discrimination at work since COVID-19 began. In November 2020, the Fawcett Society reported that a third of working mothers had lost work or hours due to a lack of childcare during COVID-19, a figure that rises to 44% when it came to BAME mothers.
Under the Employment Rights Act (ERA) 1996, Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations (MPL Regs) 1999 and the 2010 Equality Act there is strong protection for pregnant women and those on maternity leave against unfavourable treatment or dismissal.
Ensuring that your contract and polices are up to date as well as training your HR teams on this area of law will protect your organisation’s reputation as well as avoiding costly claims in the Employment Tribunal.
This virtual classroom seminar will cover best practice guidance when dealing with pregnant employees and those on maternity leave during COVID-19 and will consider the following:
- Practical employment law advice to avoid discriminating against pregnant women and those on maternity leave
- How to approach grievances and claims of pregnancy and maternity discrimination
- Avoiding risks from recruitment to ensuring a fair dismissal
- Recent employment law developments due to COVID-19
What You Will Learn
This live and interactive session will cover the following:
- Pregnancy related dismissals and discrimination
- The right to return after maternity or parental leave
- Redundancy during maternity leave
- Right during maternity leave
- Suspension from work on maternity grounds
- Time off for ante natal care
- Requests for flexible working
- COVID-19 and employment law in relation to pregnancy and maternity rights
Recording of live sessions: Soon after the Learn Live session has taken place you will be able to go back and access the recording - should you wish to revisit the material discussed.