The protected period begins when a woman becomes pregnant and ends:
It was suggested by the Advocate General Sharpston In Porras Guisado v Bankia SA (C-103/16) EU:C:2017:691 that the Pregnant Workers Directive provides for the protected period to start from the moment a woman becomes pregnant, even if no notification has been provided to the employer. The ECJ did not embrace this principle and as such there is no EU case law authority on this point.
The consultation period ends in April 2019. By extending the protected period by six months for women returning from maternity leave who face redundancy measures would mean that:Greater rights to being offered suitable alternative employment during the protected period.
Employers and employees should familiarise with the rights and obligations in connection with pregnant women and new mothers.
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