New rules have been announced which change the effect of the Sex Discrimination Act 1975. One set of amendments, concerning harassment, came into force on 6 April.
A second set, regarding discrimination due to maternity leave, take effect for women whose expected childbirth is on or around October 5.
The new rules remove a requirement to have a comparator when a woman brings a discrimination complaint on the grounds of pregnancy or maternity leave.
Rules now in force amend the provisions on unlawful sex harassment to include situations where:
The amendments also specify changes to the methods of calculating length of service for women taking maternity leave.