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I can't do compromise on Saturday working: ask the expert 

I can't do compromise on Saturday working: ask the expert 

I'm returning to work after OML I have requested flexible working. My contract states 35 hours per week, 5 days out of 6 Monday-Saturday. Before maternity leave I was working every other Saturday. Now I have requested to return to work as half time under a scheme called new parent return to work guarantee. I am unable to work Saturdays as I have no childcare as my previous carer cannot look after two children. My employer has refused my request and has demanded that I now do one in three Saturdays which I still cannot do due to no childcare. What are my rights?

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Part-time request in the spotlight: Ask the expert

Part-time request in the spotlight: Ask the expert

I have worked for a car hire company for the last two and a half years. In December 2009 I had my baby and I'm planning on returning to work at the end of August (w/c -31st). I've had a meeting and given a letter asking to go part time, instead of full time. However I have recieved a letter back saying I have to have another meeting to explain why I am needing to work part time, to demonstrate why no one can look after my child whilst I'm at work, etc. Before having my son I worked six days a week for nine hours a day, I'm not a manager and no one else did this so I don't understand why they won't allow it, and whilst I have been on maternity leave they have hired three new part time members of staff. Where do I stand? And what is the procedure? As they have told me to take a union rep with me to the next meeting.

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Sidelined by new manager: Ask the expert

Sidelined by new manager: Ask the expert

I returned to work four weeks ago after taking 10 months maternity leave. It is a long story so I will try and shorten it, while on maternity leave I had a new manager and my old manager moved to another department. During my maternity leave there were changes to my position, it basically meant my role was being split up. I had very little contact with them during maternity leave and was not informed of any changes, most of the information came third hand. I really wanted to to retain the same or similar position which they were aware of but wanted to work four days a week. I was delighted when they said this was possible. I met up with my new and old manager who informed me that things had changed but there were lots of opportunities for someone with my skills and experience. I was excited about returning to work however I then found out that my new manager, who I had only met properly once was leaving. I went into work on my first day back and had a brief meeting with the new head of department who explained he was getting to grips with his new department and not making any important decisions. It then transpired a few days later that I was to be demoted because I could only work four days a week. This decision was made by a manager who had never worked with me. I complained to the new head of department, who was taken aback, I followed this up with an email and the following week he said it would be okay and they would come up with a job description. That was three weeks ago and I am still waiting, I chased them last week and he said they had a meeting but he needed to make changes to the job description. This has caused much stress as I really enjoyed my previous role, I am pretty sure the new job description will still be a demotion, please can someone advise me what rights I now have and how I should handle the situation? I feel I have been treated appallingly. During this time I have been given basic tasks and left to work alone - my self esteem is now very low.

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Claiming redundancy from an insolvent company: Ask the expert

Claiming redundancy from an insolvent company: Ask the expert

I worked for a company from Feb 2005-Oct 2009 for 18 and a half hours a week to qualify for family tax credit, with 10 days holiday a year and I never got paid for bank holidays. My working days were Tuesday 5 and a half hours, Weds and Thurs, full days at 7 hours each. The company officially went bust in March 2010 and the two other staff members also long term, are claiming redundancy. I am in the process of re-sending paperwork to claim from the insolvency for unpaid salary that I am still owed over the whole period due to miss calculations from my employer. Am I also able to claim back holiday money as I now find that legally I should have been entitled to more days off plus the bank hols although part-time? I started on £6.00 salary that went up to £7.00 a year later then to £8.00 in July 2009. I would really appreciate it if you could advice me as to what I should do next with regards my entitlements. Many thanks.

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Creeping hours - what can I do? Ask the expert

Creeping hours - what can I do? Ask the expert

I work three days part-time but I am being emailed and called outside my agreed work hours despite repeatedly notifying my colleagues of the days that I work.  Furthermore, I work in the evenings and at weekends to keep up with my busy workload.  I’ve raised this with my manager but she has told me to keep going and that we will later review my position.  I am only being paid for three days and working outside my hours is not convenient as I have young children.  What should I do as I need to keep up and do not want to lose my job.

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