Out of sight out of mind – pregnancy, maternity and redundancy during Covid-19

Posted on 17th September 2020

Out of sight, out of mind is a phrase we hear a lot from women who are returning to work after a period of maternity leave. There is often a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to this area, especially about employment rights linked to redundancy. This is a topic which has sadly become more relevant in light of Covid-19. Whilst these are unprecedented times, employers should not use the current crisis as an excuse to treat pregnant women and new mums unfavourably, and yet there have been many reports of pregnant women and mothers being excluded from meaningful consultation, consideration for alternative roles and singled out for redundancy.