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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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Asked to increase hours: ask the expert

Asked to increase hours: ask the expert

I have been working part-time at a company (one day a week) for one and a half years now. I also hold a second job (four days a week). The first company (one day a week ) has said that due to increased business and the need for restructuring, my role has to be extended to include my original duties plus extra responsibilities and needs to be for at least four days a week. They have offered me the new position, but the salary for this position they are offering is not so high. Please can you let me know what my rights are? I have no written contract. Can they ask me to leave ? Can I stay part-time? Am I entitled to redundancy pay?

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Being made redundant due to pregnancy?: ask the expert

Being made redundant due to pregnancy?: ask the expert

I have recently gone back to work, part time, after having a baby. I have only been back two months and they are making me redundant and moving my job to India, although I am a floater and help out different departments when needed and cover holidays/sickness. No one else is being made redundant. They have based the decision on a scoring system based on appraisals last year. However, I was on maternity leave last year so I did not have an appraisal. Therefore my score is based on an average score. I am also 16 weeks pregnant. Do I have any rights as I feel like I am being punished for having a baby, going part time and being pregnant again? I have been told this process may drag out until October and this is very stressful.

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