If a Redundancy programme begins which could potentially affect your role whilst you are on maternity leave, the company is legally obliged to contact you and inform you of this. If they don’t, and you hear of it through other means, you should contact your manager and the HR department in order to get more information.
An employee can be made redundant when on maternity leave; however, there would have to be very strong evidence that the redundancy situation was genuine and that all attempts to avoid it had been made by the company.
Companies have to take particular care when handling redundancy situations where pregnant employees are involved, in order to avoid the risk of allegations of unfair dismissal/ and or sex discrimination. If a suitable, alternative role is available this must be given to the employee on maternity leave.
If you would like to know more about your employment rights during Maternity Leave, why not attend one of our classes?