The call of the Women and Equalities Committee for greater rights for new mothers and mothers to be is biting in its criticism of the current situation and wide ranging in its demands.
In the report, the Committee condemns the “shocking” increase in pregnancy discrimination over the past decade, and as unacceptable the rise in pregnant women and mothers being forced out of their jobs.
Maria Miller, the Chair of the Committee pointed out that matters are more urgent because of the increasing numbers of women in the workplace, with levels of women being forced out of work doubling over the past decade, and now standing at 54,000.
In terms of recommendations(/demands?) these are as follows:
- Additional protection from redundancy (in Germany this can only happen in specified circumstances).
- Increasing time limit for claims from 3 months to 6 months.
- Extension of rights to casual, agency and zero hours workers.
- Tougher rules on health assessments.
- Formal mechanisms to deal with health and safety risks within businesses.
- Guarantee of protection of rights post-Brexit.
- Establishment of one-to-one support and advice provided free to pregnant women.