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What are my rights if there has been a restructure?: ask the expert

What are my rights if there has been a restructure?: ask the expert

I have been with the company for the last six years. I went on maternity leave last April and returned in February. Whilst I was gone my team has restructured and their responsibilities/goals have changed – one of the changes to my old role is a requirement to travel extensively for weeks at a time. My line manager discussed the team changes with me a week before my return, where he made these requirements clear and disqualified me from coming back to my old role unless I agreed to the intensive travel expectations. He then offered me a role (at the same grading and pay) in the team that is substantially different from what I did before, but I would have 2 direct reports and a blank canvas to shape the new role. On my return he sent out a welcome back email to all senior management, telling them of my new role and a transfer to a new office which is further from my home and which I did not agree to. Two days after being back he sent me and HR a detailed job description for input. I responded by saying that I am not comfortable in agreeing the role as it stands since it has changed since I was originally consulted and would like to have a meeting with him and HR to discuss. When I asked HR about it, they said that an “equivalent”/”similar” role only refers to grading (ie management level) and pay – not to actual job description, career development prospects and not to location (if I am asked to move offices that are within a 50-mile radius). My line manager has also been making remarks in front of colleagues to pressurise me into taking the role. I feel bullied and victimised and very worried about my career prospects within the company. What can I do if no other role is available to me? What does “equivalent”/”similar” role mean?

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Job being made full time. What are my rights?: ask the expert

Job being made full time. What are my rights?: ask the expert

I have been working part time for five years and my company has now told me I am at risk of redundancy (alongside others in the organisation). However, the role which will replace mine is exactly the same, but full time with more responsibilities. I asked my boss which part of my job is being made redundant and he said that it would remain exactly the same, but become a full-time role with more responsibilities. It will also fall into a lower pay bracket. The new job is open to everybody to apply for internally and I think I am being treated unfairly as I was not offered the new full-time role, but told I would need to apply alongside others. Can I be made redundant in these circumstances?

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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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