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Post being made redundant after maternity leave: ask the expert

Post being made redundant after maternity leave: ask the expert

I have been back at work for seven months after returning from maternity leave on a part-time basis three days per week. I have now been given a notice that my job is at risk of redundancy as they don't have any need for two senior designers. They are making one team leader role and basically asking us both to if we want to apply for this position. It is set out as a full-time position, but it could be negotiable to be part-time if I can show them a strategy as to how I would approach it and if I think it could work. The other senior designer is full time at the moment so it feels like I am being unfairly put up against him and really it's their way of getting rid of me. I have been offered statutory redundancy if I become redundant worked out on my part-time wage even though I have worked for the company for seven years and the majority of that was full time. Can you give me any advice?

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Not learning anything on apprenticeship: ask the expert

Not learning anything on apprenticeship: ask the expert

I started my apprenticeship two months ago; my manager is still not contacting the lady from college. I don't know when I will start at the college. However, I don't feel fulfilled here. I learnt only 3 things and my employer doesn't give me any tasks to do. Very often I am at the office doing nothing, just browsing the net. I am very upset and feel like I am wasting my time here. To be honest I would like to cancel the programme and do a different apprenticeship where I will be busy and learn a lot. What can I do?

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Role changed on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

Role changed on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

I am returning to work from maternity after taking Additional Maternity Leave. Whilst I was on my keep in touch days the directors had a meeting with both myself and my maternity cover to inform us that there will be some management changes. Although my title will be similar they have taken aspects of the job I enjoy away and have given it to my maternity cover and they have also added duties of a different organisation to my role. Essentially I'll be managing two sites but this will be more admin related i.e hr, payroll staff training etc and the more interesting organisational aspects have been given to my maternity cover. This was raised informally in the first instance where I raised my concerns and I was promised that they will look at my concerns before drawing up the official proposal. The official proposal has been made and the role is still the same and they did not take into account my concerns. I have written back saying I could not accept the position as I feel it will hinder my career development and that it is essentially a demotion. I know the law states that I have to return to the same role as long as it's reasonably practicable. Is it right for them to take some aspects of my role away and give it to my maternity cover then give me an additional sister company to run? Your advice would be appreciated.

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Should part-days off be regarded as a full day?: ask the expert

Should part-days off be regarded as a full day?: ask the expert

I work part time, 2.5 days a week. I only work 3 hours on a Thursday. If I take a Thursday off as holiday I am deducted a whole day from my allowance. Is this right? I thought as I am part time my allowance would be worked out and taken in hours, but my employer says not, but I feel as if I am losing out If I use a holiday day for a Thursday. Who is right?

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Will my role be there when I return from maternity leave?: ask the expert

Will my role be there when I return from maternity leave?: ask the expert

I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and have been, up until recently, covering a maternity cover management position within my company.  Whilst I was filling in for this role I applied for another permanent position to a senior role within the same business area. This was advertised on last year and having formally applied I was successful in this role. For the last few months, I have been doing both roles. I have received no contract for this new role, but have been paid for it since I started. My Director has since communicated to the business that there will be changes to the structure my business area. My position was not included in both communications.  He mentioned that if you were not listed on the proposed organisation chart this was due to there being not enough space on the organisation chart to fit it in and if you hadn’t been spoken to directly, then they were not at risk. Later, I overheard a conversation regarding a briefing that my director was carrying out my area regarding the recent announcement.  I should have been included into this invite, but my line manager did not invite me. I dialled into this conference call regardless.  My Director advised that training and coaching responsibilities will now be absorbed into a Team Manager’s role. The responsibilities that she mentioned form a large proportion of my current position. I would estimate this being about 80% of my role. Following this call I immediately raised concerns with my line manager, highlighting that my role’s responsibilities seem to be now split into other positions within the company and if she could provide clarity on where my role fits into the organisation. My line manager did respond to my email, but wasn’t immediately able to offer me clarification as she didn't know.  My line manager then called me to advise that my role was definitely safe and that there will only be a few tweaks to it as the training and coaching will now be looked after by the Team Manager. I advised that the large proportion of my role was coaching and training, but she mentioned we could look at this on my return from Maternity leave.  I asked her to put this in writing and I await her response. My concern is that my employer may wait until I come back from maternity leave to make me redundant and in addition to this I don't know what role I will be coming back to. I have two weeks left until my maternity leave and no one has offered any guidance.  Any help with this would be much appreciated.

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