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MBL Seminars with Fiona Martin

Employment Law

Fiona Martin, Director and Head of Employment Law, leads expert seminars and training for MBL.

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


Monday 28 June 2021 – 10.30am – 12.00pm

To find out more about this Seminar, or to book, view the Pregnancy & Maternity Discrimination – A Guide for HR Managers & Employment Lawyers page.

Our Employment Law can design and deliver bespoke in-house training for your organisation. To find out more, contact us on 01273 609911, or email info@ms-solicitors.co.uk.

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