‘A Practical Guide to the Law of Pregnancy and Maternity at Work’ by Rebecca Thomas


Paperback: 978-1-914608-98-8
Published: April 2024
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This book is a clear and practical guide for those involved in advising employers and women who are pregnant or on maternity leave as to their relevant rights and obligations in the workplace. Designed to be a useful tool for both employment practitioners and HR Professionals, it examines an employer’s obligations to both employees and workers, covering key topics such as:

  • health and safety
  • maternity leave and pay
  • return to work
  • dismissal including redundancy.

In addition to looking at the key principles it also provides guidance on the potential legal claims that arise, including detriment, unfair dismissal and importantly, discrimination.


Rebecca Thomas is the Head of the Employment Team at 42BR Barristers. Rebecca specialises in all areas of Employment Law, with a particular interest in discrimination law, developed during her time on the panel for the Equal Opportunities Commission. She is experienced in dealing with complex aspects of discrimination law such as indirect discrimination, maternity and equal pay.


Chapter One – The Employment Rights Act 1996
Chapter Two – Protection of Health and Safety
Chapter Three – Time Off for Antenatal Care
Chapter Four – Maternity Leave
Chapter Five – Pay and Other Benefits
Chapter Six – Protection From Detriment
Chapter Seven – Dismissal
Chapter Eight – Discrimination