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Acas publishes new pregnancy and maternity discrimination guidance

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).