I am 13 weeks pregnant and informed my manager of this early on as I was suffering from hyperemesis gravidarum, extreme vomiting. The condition continues to make me ill and I have thus requested to go from full-time to part-time and will be assessed as to my suitability for this by Occupational Health, although it is clear my manager wishes me to continue full time. As a worker on a short-term contract am I within my rights to request this? I have forwarded doctor's evidence to HR and the GPs are supporting me. Also, according to the institution's HR policy all employees, including contractors, are entitled to eight weeks sick leave after three months, but I am concerned that if I do take time off, even a week or two, I will be dismissed. I would be grateful for any advice as to my rights.
When I returned to work after maternity leave, I had a fixed working pattern where certain shifts were agreed with my line manager and I organised childcare to meet these days. The company have recently tried to change the terms and conditions and I have, along with other members of staff, not agreed to these. The company are now trying to change my shifts and also make me work night shifts. I have written to explain that I am struggling to meet these demands due to childcare issues. Can they do this to me?
I applied for flexible working 10-4 (son's nursery only opens at 8am). I am meant to start at 9am to finish at 5:30 with one hour lunch. I am a line manager. This was refused and I was offered 9-4:30 with 30 mins lunch. Since then I have been constantly pressured to sort out childcare in the morning, even though I am already spending money as a single parent on nursery fees. A few days ago I was told by my manager that if I do not sort out my childcare to be at work before 9am (say 8:30, unpaid) to make sure the department is run more smoothly. I have made mention that my mobile phone is available for support and getting to work before 9am is really a matter of choice. This has been met with disapproval and lo and behold I was told if I did not sort things out my position will be readvertised. I have only been back at work for 5.5 months. I am having a turbulent personal life at the moment, but the unnecessary pressure from work and underhand bullying is not helping at all. Please help.
The lady covering my maternity leave has had her contract extended and the role has become a job share with me working 3 days a week, her technically working 2.5 days a week. She is being paid an additional £10k a year then me, whilst my salary was reduced due to working 3 days a week. I did approach the company requesting that my salary be reviewed to match what the maternity cover was paying and also to match market rates, but my request was declined leaving me in a state of limbo. Whilst I am searching for a new role, it is soul destroying to be in a role where someone is being paid more and I cannot believe that HR law allows this. The other issue that I have is that my notice period is 3 months and if I leave within 12 months, I have to repay my enhanced maternity benefit which is approx £2,000. With two young children, I am not in a position to leave without having another role to go into.
I am 16 weeks pregnant and told my boss about the pregnancy about a month ago. The company has seen a reduction in clients and two weeks ago I received a letter announcing that my job (Office Manager) is considered for redundancy and the main reason being I do not have a client facing role. I wrote back saying that this has always been the case and asking who is going to do my job and I was told that other team members. Also I have been told that I am the only one considered for redundancy and this is purely a cost-cutting measure. I feel that this is related to my pregnancy as tasks have been taken away from me and furthermore a temp has been hired and is doing some of them. Also team members are also asking other people to do some of my tasks (arranging travel, hotels, deal with expenses) and even though they say that this is a cost-cutting measure the spending has continued and furthermore they have applied for a Green Card visa for one team member and paid for the application. They only answered my questions at the end of the consultation, leaving me with no option of asking for more details. I would appreciate if you could advise if I can sue for unfair dismissal. I have been with the company just under two years and the notice period finished exactly before the completion of my two years.