As a result of a petition started on petition.parliament.uk calling for an extension of maternity leave by three months with pay, the House of Commons Petitions Committee has conducted an inquiry and has recently published a report making various recommendations to amend family-friendly leave and rights in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The recommendations include extending maternity and adoption leave with pay by three months; extending protection from redundancy to six months after returning to work; piloting the new right to neonatal leave and pay as proposed by the Employment Bill and extending the time limit for pregnant employees and new parents to bring unfair dismissal claims.

The government has two months to consider the recommendations but has been asked to respond to the Committee earlier on the basis that these are issues that need dealing with urgently. Watch this space!

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