Despite the enactment of equal opportunities legislation1 and the removal of many former restrictions on women's employment in mines and in certain other industries2, some restrictions on the employment of women remain and new protections have been introduced in order to implement the provisions of the EU Council directive on measures to encourage improvements in the safety and health of pregnant workers, women workers who have recently given birth and women who are breastfeeding3. The relevant restrictions and protections are as follows:
(1) under the Maternity and Parental Leave etc Regulations 19994, a
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