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Told to accept new shift or face the sack: ask the expert

Told to accept new shift or face the sack: ask the expert

I have worked for the same well known supermarket for the last 24 years. Last week we were told my scheduled hours need to be changed from an evening to days ,which I cannot do as I have a disabled child to care for. It states in my contract that I am flexi and that my schedule cannot be changed unless there is agreement from both parties. These hours were given by my old manager as she knew of my circumstances. I had been told that I will be given 16 weeks notice in which to change or have to leave the company. The annoying thing they are saying is that it is business needs, but they are taking me from my position on late nights and changing someone else's scheduled hours to do my job. Can I be sacked like this if I don't agree or can I claim redundancy at all? It just seems they are just swapping people around and upsetting people.

 

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Offered full-time role after consultation though I am part time: ask the expert

Offered full-time role after consultation though I am part time: ask the expert

 I am under consulation for redundancy and part of a suitable alternative pool reducing from five employees to four. I had been told that by being part of the pool my company will honour my part-time contract. However, by the end of the process, I have been offered a job on a full-time basis or take redundancy.. Is this grounds for unfair dismissal?

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Refusal to take childcare issues into account around shifts: ask the expert

Refusal to take childcare issues into account around shifts: ask the expert

I worked part time with a care company for a short time from 28 October up Feb 2014. Within this time I made a request for a change in my availability which I was informed would take up to 28 days. I made the request as I was employed as part time and had two children and was working almost every day of the week and all day with short breaks in between. My employer then called me into the office to discuss my change and informed me it could not be accepted and to call back to office the next week with a new availability sheet. I still put down I would work 5 days a week but between 12.00 and 1.00 I couldn't as I had to pick my child up from school. Within that time my employer still put calls on my rota for the time I informed I could not do,every day, which was causing me a lot of problems and stress. I went back to the office the following week and handed my new availability sheet to her, she barely looked at it, and said these will not be accepted so I will have to let you go. From there I worked my 1 weeks' notice then left. I truly feel that she was being unfair to me. Would this be unfair dismissal? At the time I had just finished my probation period of 12 weeks, the week before so could this affect my chances?

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Can they force me to go full time?: ask the expert

Can they force me to go full time?: ask the expert

I was recruited on a part-time basis just over a year ago. The opportunities in the team I'm responsible for have grown / my team are winning business and the company now either want me to go full-time, or are saying I need to resign..or they will make me redundant as the job is now full-time. They feel the COO should never have agreed to employee for this position part-time. The 3 days per week is proving a challenge (I'm always doing 4 days!). They are not open to exploring job share opportunities at all & dismiss it. I'd appreciate advice on where I stand on this and what approach I should take.

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What are my rights with regard to pregnancy sickness: ask the expert

What are my rights with regard to pregnancy sickness: ask the expert

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.

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