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Facing ageism trying to get back to work: ask the expert

Facing ageism trying to get back to work: ask the expert

I work - or used to work - in arts education and development within the statutory sector. Since the recession and redundancy I have struggled to find a new post which I feel matches my skills and experience. Suddenly I seem to be 'too experienced' when I feel I am most able to take up the challenges of a new post. My family are more independent so I could commit more time to work and yet I can't find a post. After interviews I find the job has been given to people with 10/15 years less experience than me. It's very demotivating and frustrating. I've had good feedback after interviews and I don't want to think it's ageism, but now I'm thinking it probably is. What do I do now? There's no retraining support in Scotland that I can find. very few grants for setting up an arts-related small business. At the moment I am freelancing which is stressful, unpredictable and poor conditions of pay/pension etc. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Asked to pay back OMP after career break: ask the expert

Asked to pay back OMP after career break: ask the expert

Following my first period of maternity leave, I took a 2-year career break.  During this time I fell pregnant again, so the career break was frozen and second period of maternity leave began for I was paid OMP.  Now the career break has finished and I have given the required notice of my return to work.  I have requested family friendly hours to fit in with my family commitments.  I was offered one role which did not fit in with the requested hours and they were not prepared to be flexible on this.  I had a verbal offer of a role which I accepted, but was then told I would have go through a selection process and fill out an application form and attend an interview.  I did not get this role.  My employer has now written to make me redundant with nine weeks pay.  However, they want me to repay the OMP which ultimately means I owe them £5,000. I have appealed this decision and they say their original position still stands.  As it was my intention to return to work and not leave, is the OMP repayment clause enforceable?  Plus how long is this clause valid for?  Do I have a case to go to Employment Tribunal?  Currently I do not have a job so have no means of paying them back.

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Offered full-time role after consultation though I am part time: ask the expert

Offered full-time role after consultation though I am part time: ask the expert

 I am under consulation for redundancy and part of a suitable alternative pool reducing from five employees to four. I had been told that by being part of the pool my company will honour my part-time contract. However, by the end of the process, I have been offered a job on a full-time basis or take redundancy.. Is this grounds for unfair dismissal?

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Review announced just before maternity leave: ask the expert

Review announced just before maternity leave: ask the expert

I work for a Local Authority - 0.6 as one manager and 0.4 as another.  I am nearly 30 weeks pregnant and will be leaving to go on maternity leave soon.  I found out this week that there is going to be a review of my directorate and all recruitment has been frozen, including maternity cover.  This obviously makes me feel very vulnerable, even though I have been reassured that this is simply a cost saving exercise and not specific to my posts - it does not mean they are going to be redundant. I have today been told that I will be having a meeting with my jobshare, my manager and HR next week where they will start a review of our service and discuss cost saving opportunities.  I have been told that there may be some changes, but that they want to avoid redundancies so it's about reviewing what is required in order for us to deliver on our duties. This will just be a discussion and a starting point of a review.  I am obviously extremely anxious for the future and would like some advice on the following: What are my rights now and once I am on maternity leave in terms of consultation and redundancy.  I plan to return to work full-time in 6 months as I am the main breadwinner? I am very concerned that any changes between now and when I leave will have a potential impact on my maternity pay.  Maternity leave will be a struggle as I stand so if my salary changes between now and then, I am seriously concerned for my health and wellbeing due to the fact that I will have to return far sooner. What are my rights in terms of my maternity pay? Can this change between now and the start of November? If any potential consultation starts within the next few weeks, where do I stand with my salary and therefore my maternity pay? My anxiety is extremely high and I would be extremely grateful for advice on these matters.

 

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Role changed after restructure: ask the expert

Role changed after restructure: ask the expert

I have been with my current company just over five years. A couple of weeks ago I and two colleagues were put under potential redundancy. This is not because my job is redundant - although they say it now needs to be a national role and may involve overnight stays which I cannot do as a single mum and involves demonstrations I am not trained to do, but due to the fact that they have had a restructure. My male colleague's role has just been tweaked, but I have been steered into another role which is 50% management and 50% support and am supposed to be doing my trial period to see if I like it the trouble, but so far I am still doing my old sales role, mainly I think because they have not got anyone else to do this and this will mean no sales figures coming in. How do I stand legally? I was told it was business as usual until the new year as I need training, but I cannot see how I can see if I like the role if I'm not doing it? They are also interviewing for my old role at the moment and I feel that they are just using me as there isn't anyone else doing it.
 

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