Mother and baby

Our recommendations to tackle pregnancy and maternity discrimination


Following the 2016 research findings commissioned by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Equality and Human Rights Commission, we have identified six areas for action. We believe that the UK, Scottish and Welsh governments, employers, regulatory bodies and voluntary sector all have a role to play to make this happen. We will review and report on progress in implementing these recommendations. 

1. Leadership for change

So that employers attract the best talent, create the conditions for their staff to perform well, and avoid the loss of skills and experience which can result from misconceptions and poor practice in relation to pregnant workers and new mothers.

2. Improving employer practice

To promote family-friendly workplaces, effective management and open communication.

3. Improving access to information and advice

So that women and employers understand their rights and obligations.

4. Improving health and safety management in the workplace

So that employers manage risks effectively and women are not forced to choose between their job and their health or the health of their unborn child.

5. Improving access to justice

By removing barriers to women raising complaints.

6. Monitoring progress

To track the pace of change towards creating fairer workplaces.

Download our recommendations for change report

Last updated: 16 Nov 2016