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Offered distant post in pregnancy after risk assessment: ask the expert

Offered distant post in pregnancy after risk assessment: ask the expert

I've been suspended from my role as a community care supporter for health and safety reasons in pregnancy. They have offered me alternative work, but it's an extra 53 miles away from my current work place and to make up the hours I usually do I'd have to work six days a week. I only usually work two long shifts a week as I am unable to get childcare every day of the week. Would you consider this alternative work as less favourable to my other job as my employers are saying this is where I have to go and I don't have a choice, but there's no way I can drive 53 miles away as I have dependants at home and they rely on me to be home at a certain time.

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Role being downgraded on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

Role being downgraded on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

I have worked for my company for 10 years and am due to return from maternity leave in the next few weeks. I am a senior member of my team and a line manager to one person. During my maternity leave a secondment was brought in to fill my role from another department. I had a meeting yesterday regarding my return and was told on my return I would no longer be managing that person. This has left me feeling vulnerable for my future as without managing I am basically the same as the rest of the team and worry that they are planning on making me redundant as soon as they can. My secondment is also staying on in the department rather than going back to there initial role. I am on a better package than the other members of the team. Are  they legally able to take my management from me without justification? And secondly can they down grade me or make me redundant?

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Asked to stay later: ask the expert

Asked to stay later: ask the expert

I work for the NHS and have a contract and job plan. I have 4 young children and use both childcare and parents to enable me to work full time. My job plan states I finish work at 5pm on a Friday afternoon. It takes me 15 minutes to get home. My childcare finishes at 5.15 on Fridays. I have been informed that I must attend a meeting away from work on a Friday afternoon which ends at 5.15pm By the time I travel home it will be 7pm. My childcare cannot stay late on that particular day and every other avenue to help me has been unsuccessful. My employer has made it quite clear that I must attend this meeting. I do not know my rights or what to do as, obviously, my family will always come first. I do need to keep my job though.

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Shifts changing: ask the expert

Shifts changing: ask the expert

I've worked for my employer as a care assistant for the past 8 years. I originally worked on days doing 12 hour shifts 8-8 for a period of 6 years. Due to problems with childcare my time keeping suffered and I was having a lot of sick days due to this. I also have a son who is registered disabled. Due to the above problems I was dismissed, but continued to work for them doing twilight (7 - 12) shifts and night shifts. After nearly 6 months they offered me a full-time position on nights as they noticed I had no sickness or lateness during this period, and after a formal chat it was agreed that these shifts were more suitable for me and more beneficial to the company as I was giving consistency to the company. Since becoming full time on nights my home life is less stressful as I had a shift pattern so I could work around my disabled son. Now, however, my employer has stated that we are going to have scattered shifts . I have stated this would have an adverse effect on my family, but she is showing no understanding and has gone ahead with the alterations anyway. I also have a 6-year-old daughter to provide childcare for. I would appreciate some advice on this.

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Job location changed: ask the expert

Job location changed: ask the expert

I am currently on probation with a large company which was extended after 3 months for a further 3 months due to targets not being met. I was originally interviewed for a sales consultant job and was told it could be based at one of three stores in the area. When I got offered the post I was told it was for a store near to home so I took it with the understanding that occasional cover may be needed at other stores. After a few weeks I was asked to cover another store close to home which I agreed to. I then moved back to the original store for a few days only to be told I was moving back to the cover store permanently effective the next day. I went along with this as location wise it didn't really affect me .I was then told I was to become a "floater"...covering all stores within up to a three-hour car journey away which I made clear I could not do due to no transport and childcare so the post was given to someone else (after them claiming I was interviewed to be a floater). I settled into my 2nd store very well for a couple of months when my manager casually told me one day that as 48 hours from then I was moving to the third store in a location that would mean finding private childcare and £300 approx costs extra per month. I expressed my concerns to my manager who agreed that as I was the only one in the area with a full time childcare requirements and no car it was unfair. After he spoke to the area manager he called to say that I was interviewed for any of the 3 stores (which is true although I would not have taken the job if I was offered the 3rd store) and that it was pretty much tough. It states in my contract that hours and location can change BUT given consultation and reasonable notice which I feel I wasn't given. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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