My organisation needs to cut back on its staff. I see that one of the employees “at risk” from redundancy is away on maternity leave. Can I make her redundant? And, if so, how can I avoid any unpleasant and expensive legal consequences?

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My organisation needs to cut back on its staff. I see that one of the employees “at risk” from redundancy is away on maternity leave. Can I make her redundant? And, if so, how can I avoid any unpleasant and expensive legal consequences?

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It's an urban myth that you cannot make a pregnant woman or one away on maternity leave redundant- but do take great care. The law is harsh on those who transgress or simply get it wrong in these circumstances.

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