The government has published a consultation paper, following a suggestion in the Taylor Review of Modern Working Practices.
At the moment, regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 1999 provides that, if a woman on maternity leave is selected for redundancy, she must be given priority over other redundant employees when the employer offers suitable alternative employment.
The proposal is to extend this right to women who have returned from maternity leave in the previous six months, not just those who are currently on maternity leave. The government is also considering extending this right to women who have told their employer that they are pregnant.
Finally, the government is considering extending the right to those on adoption leave, shared parental leave and longer periods of parental leave.
Responses to the consultation are sought by 5 April 2019.