Acas has published guidance for employers on how to prevent pregnancy and maternity discrimination at work. Acas recommends several measures, including:
Developing a policy that outlines the responsibilities and rights of pregnant employees (or those on maternity leave), including assurances that they will not be dismissed or made redundant as a result.
Ensuring that employees on maternity leave are aware of all promotion and training opportunities.
Making reasonable adjustments to protect the health and safety of a pregnant employee and their unborn child.
Acas published its new guidance after receiving 14,000 calls about pregnancy and maternity discrimination in the last year (a 10% increase compared to the previous year).