Mothers returning to work from maternity leave will be protected from redundancy

It has been announced that mothers returning to work from maternity leave will be protected from redundancy for a minimum of six months. One in nine women stated that following their return to work after having a baby, they were either fired or made redundant. Or they were forced out voluntarily as a result of poor treatment.

This equates to some 54,000 women a year and will go above and beyond the current legal protection period of just two weeks. Charlie Rosier, mother and Co-Founder of creche integrated workspace Cuckooz Nest, views this latest initiative as positive but believes it should be the first step in an overhaul of the current laws around maternity leave.

Charlie Rosier, Co-founder of Cuckooz Nest, commented:

“It’s great to see the Government taking this issue seriously, however, given the quite scandalous nature of this matter, we would call on them to consider extending this term to a full 12-months and providing this protection for fathers as well.

It simply isn’t good enough that the careers of so many successful, professional women are effectively being discarded for no other reason than choosing to have a baby.

We hope that this is the first step in a comprehensive shake-up of the maternity leave landscape in the UK and that more emphasis will be put on big businesses and the Government to work together to combat this negative trend surrounding maternity leave.

We’ve previously called for free childcare for parents of children under five as the benefit of retaining talent during and after maternity leave far outweighs the cost of replacing it. Hopefully, more and more employers will start to wake up to this fact and offer greater support to both parents when returning to the workplace.”

About Cuckooz

  • Loneliness on maternity leave statistics sourced via the BBC
  • Number of parents that believe big business should help with childcare costs sourced via Cuckooz Nest survey
  • Cuckooz provides serviced apartments curated by independent designers to offer an authentic home away from home experience for those travelling for both business and leisure.
  • Cuckooz currently operates apartments across eight locations in London.
  • Cuckooz was founded in 2016 by Charlie Rosier and Fabienne O’Neil.
  • Prior to Cuckooz, Charlie Rosier held senior positions at property investment firms IP Global Ltd and Blackfish Ltd in Hong Kong.
  • Fabienne O’Neil has almost a decade’s experience managing large-scale property, design and technology events.
  • In 2018, the Cuckooz co-founders launched Cuckooz Nest; London’s first fully flexible co-working space, with an Ofsted registered creche for children under two.
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