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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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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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Pay has changed and maternity package is being altered: ask the expert

Pay has changed and maternity package is being altered: ask the expert

I have been employed on a series of fixed-term contracts by my employer for seven years. During this time my salary was always externally funded. Last year I was informed that I'd been made permanent. Then the source of funding for my post ran out and I was told that I was at risk of redundancy. I had already informed my boss that I was pregnant. In the period of looking for alternative employment within the organisation a post was identified for me at a lower rate of pay. The organisation's redundancy policy had always allowed employees to retain their salary if the new job was worse paid (as long as this was in the same pay band - in this case it is), but I was told this would not apply as the new job is externally funded also (this is not mentioned in the policy). Now I am being told that my additional maternity pay (organisation's maternity pay) will be based on my new lower salary too. I thought because my statutory maternity pay would be based on my old pay (the qualifying period is based on my old salary) this would be the same for the organisation's pay. I do feel as if at every opportunity I am being short changed. Is this discriminatory?

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