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Forced to go full time? Ask the expert

Forced to go full time? Ask the expert

I'm due to go on maternity leave, but have been asked to go full time upon my return, having worked part time since my last pregnancy. I asked them to consider increasing my hours from 20 to 30, but they have said that my role requires a person to be present at all times and job sharing just wouldn't work. I am in a marketing role and they have said that recruitment agencies will find it difficult to source anyone willing to do the remainder of my hours if I stay with 20 hours or job share. Can they force me to go full time - will they push me to leave if I refuse to go full time? They want a decision before I go on maternity leave.

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Job share partner not found: ask the expert

Job share partner not found: ask the expert

I am a primary school teacher who went through the appeal process to reduce hours from five days to two - part time/ job share. The governors upheld my appeal on the provision they found an appropriate job share. They have now informed me just before I am due back that after advertising on two separate occasions they were unsuccessful. However, they did not even hold interviews. My feeling is that this was their plan to avoid me going part time. Can I appeal their decision?

 

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Flexible work turned down. Am I being pushed out? Ask the expert

Flexible work turned down. Am I being pushed out? Ask the expert

I am a sales manager and applied for flexible working after maternity leave. I was told by my manager he would cover the travel aspects of my role. However, the request is being handled by someone higher up and they have rejected it on the grounds the role needed full-time hours and full travel commitments.  My new boss claims I need to travel 90% which is obviously impossible with a young baby. My maternity cover was employed as sales coordinator which is an office-based role, but this is not being offered to me which I have requested. Should I be offered this role? If I am forced to resign, can they keep my maternity person on in that role? I feel I am being pushed out as I understand they are looking to reduce the team. I have appealed against the decision.

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Role given to maternity cover. Is this right? Ask the expert

Role given to maternity cover. Is this right? Ask the expert

I am coming to the end of my maternity leave and put in a request to my employer for flexible working. It was nothing out of the ordinary - 4 days a week (instead of 5) and I stated that I must leave on time every evening (5pm) to be able to get to nursery on time. My request was declined by my employer because they felt that given the seniority of the role, it could not be done in 4 days and they would require me to work late on a lot of occasions. Although disappointed, I had no choice to accept this and resign. The job was then immediately given to my maternity cover, who works far away from the office and leaves every day at 5pm, which slightly conflicts with one of the reasons they gave me. My main question is - are they entitled to immediately 'give' the role to the maternity cover without advertising it (internally or externally)? I know of other people who wanted to go for the role, but were not given the option?

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Flexible working turned down: ask the expert

Flexible working turned down: ask the expert

I have been working for my company for over 6 years now and I was on maternity leave from June 2013-June 2014. When I did my back to work meeting with my line manager I told him that I would have to go back to university in October which he made not of. I went on to tell him that once I knew my timetable for university I would let the company know. I began work middle June 2014 and on last week July to first week August 2014 I was ill and was diagnosed with having vertigo, something I had never heard of before. I was advised by my doctor to take 2 weeks off in which she write me a sick note. I was told that I would not be paid sick pay even though I had carried out the necessary steps when calling in sick according to the company handbook. I was then told by my line manager that the branch I worked it no longer paid sick pay, that all they do pay is SSP, which I am not entitled to as my earnings for the week are not enough to receive SSP. I reminded them about my university course and filled out relevant documentation for flexible working, but they said they didn't receove it. I refiled it and they said it would take 28 days. I was extremely upset. I was then told I could only have shifts that do not work with childcare. I was advised to move branch or find a nanny to look after my daughter until 10pm or to reduce my hours to eight which I cannot financially afford. What can I do?

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