I am due to return to work in 9 weeks’ time after maternity leave and have been told I need to travel to another store for some "refresher" training. Although the other store is not that far away I have explained to my boss that due to childcare issues and the fact I don't drive, this would be awkward for me. I have asked if I can do some keep in touch days which I was told I would need before and during my leave, although this never happened, but my manager says no as he thinks it’s too close to Christmas, I have asked if I can't just train on the job, but he says no as he thinks I would just "get lost" and "come unstuck" which quite frankly I find a little insulting since I'm a fast learner and I have even been told I will always have another member of management working with me to begin with anyway if I did get stuck! Any compromises I suggest he has said no and insists that me going to another store is standard procedure/policy which I know to be untrue after speaking with our head office. I am really not trying to be difficult and otherwise can't wait to get back to work, but is my boss being unreasonable? What if I refused to travel? Where do I stand?
I have returned back to work after my maternity leave and I was refused to go back part time or job share in my senior role. However, my employer offered me a part-time trial period on a demoted role with less salary. My trial period is now ending and my part-time trial period is not working for me. It is working for the organisation, but not for me as my workload seems to be increasing. They have restructured and offered my job to an external person. What rights do I have and what can I do?
My wife has been on Adoption leave and she requested reduced hours based around being back for nursery/school pick-ups. She requested 5 short days. Her employer has rejected this on the grounds that it is not within the businesses needs and changed the role to include site visits which will involve long distance travel, something which she did a long time ago but had not done this for a few years and her previous line manager had changed her role before the adoption leave for this to be carried out in an alternative way or by other people. The company has undergone recent restructuring, including redundancies. This has not been offered or discussed, but can she request redundancy and if so how does she word the request?
Both my partner and I work for the same company. We both work a shift rota starting from 7:00am up to 21:00pm. My hours have been set on a base rota and my partner worked under a 'self-rota' which basically means he can choose his hours. With a lot of hard work we have worked this around our childcare needs since I returned to work after maternity leave 1.5 years ago.
I'm on the last month of maternity leave. I've requested my employer to let me use my holidays for this year to reduce my working days from 5 to 4 until I run out of accrued holidays. I've also requested that once my accrued holidays are used up, I'd like to reduce my working days from 5 to 4 on a permanent basis. My employer has agreed to my first request of using the accrued holidays, but on the second request it said that in around 5 months my working hours can be reviewed. I understand that my department is highly likely to go through a restructure in a couple of months. I'd have liked to have agreed to permanent terms from the outset, as I feel that I may lose out on my rights to flexible working if I accept returning to work without reaching a final decision on cutting my working hours. Please could you advise.