Since returning from maternity leave I have had a contract to work 22.5 hours per week. I was asked which days I wanted to work and I chose a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. My new manager is now requesting that all part-time staff work flexibly across the week. The reason is that there is a lack of staff in on a Friday. This is not something I want to do as I have childcare commitments on my non-working days plus travelling into work 5 days when I get paid for 3 is not cost effective. There has been no formal review of ALL staffs' working hours, just a request to part-time staff. Most staff in the team are contracted to work Fridays so a more reasonable situation would surely be to audit why there are not enough staff in on a Friday and then if there were genuine staffing problems to approach part-time staff. What rights do I have?
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.