Extended redundancy protections for new parents and neonatal leave

There are some potentially big changes on the horizon as the government is currently consulting on some new employment rights.

New and expectant mothers, and parents who have adopted or are taking shared parental leave, will soon be protected against being made redundant until six months from the date they return to work. It is also worth noting that the redundancy protection will also apply from the point they inform their employer they are pregnant, meaning up to 2 years legal protection against redundancy.

The reforms also cover parents on adoption and shared parental leave, providing protection for all parents regardless of gender and the circumstances of their family.

Parents of babies in neonatal care could also receive neonatal leave and pay for as long as their baby is in hospital.

These developments, whilst still only at consultation stage at the moment, will create important new employment rights for parents.

Andrew Macmillan, Head of Employment, is available for advice for any enquiries relating to employment matters. He can be contacted on 01803 403403 or [email protected]

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