Legal Working Group papers

Scope and Content

The papers of the Maternity Alliance Legal Working Group run from Nov 1993 to May 1999. The inaugural meeting was on 17 Nov 1993. The group's terms of reference were to bring together lawyers knowledgeable about maternity rights to advise the MA. Meetings were to be held quarterly, though there appear to have been gaps in this schedule. Issues covered included EC directives on pregnancy and maternity, maternity pay, employment protection, maternity benefits and health and safety regulations. Photocopies of recent legal judgements and findings of industrial tribunals were often included with the meeting papers.

Minutes show a non-static agenda. Key items: those present and in attendance; apologies for absence; minutes of the previous meeting; minutes of the Trades Union Working Party; Legal Officer's report; policy issues; reports from members of the group. From Nov 1995 the agenda also included a reportback from the MA Management Committee.

By the middle of 1999 a number of meetings had had to be cancelled, and a letter to members from the Legal Officer suggest that MA's legal support was being reconsidered.

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