Saturday 29 May 2021 / 7:30 AM Marsha de Cordova / Women and Equalities

Labour commits to stronger laws to protect new mothers from redundancy discrimination

On the 51st anniversary of The Equal Pay Act, Labour commits to make it illegal to make a new mother redundant during pregnancy and maternity leave as part of a series of policies to protect and promote gender equality in the recovery from the pandemic.

The Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities calls on the government to:

  • Make it illegal to make a new mother redundant from notification of pregnancy until 6 months after their return to work, except in specific of circumstances such as closure of business or mass redundancy.
  • Publish the number of jobs created by Kickstart, Restart and Jets by sex, ethnicity and disability.
  • Immediately reinstate gender pay gap reporting, introduce ethnicity pay gap reporting and, modernise equal pay laws to give women the right to know what their male counterpart earns.
  • Urgently review the failing Shared Parental Leave.

Marsha de Cordova, the Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities said:

“On the anniversary of Labour’s Equal Pay Act, we are calling for action to stop a two-tier recovery from the pandemic.

“Labour want to see data on the number of jobs created, the impact of the pandemic on the gender and ethnicity pay gaps and, an urgent review of the failing Shared Parental Leave system.

“Making it illegal to make a new mother redundant during pregnancy and maternity leave, except in very specific circumstances, is a simple robust way to end discrimination.”