I am due to return to work after 12 months' maternity leave. I feel I am being forced out of my job as the person covering my maternity leave is dictating job share hours, resulting in me either signing a new contract for two hours per week or being expected to return on a full-time (39 hours) basis. I can’t return to work full time as I have parental duties. This seems to mean my only option is resigning from this position as two hours per week would leave me out of pocket.
I currently work in the public sector and following the birth of my child I have taken Carer's leave. I am due back in work in January and wish to change my hours when I return. I requested an early return and a change in hours via email in July and, after 5 weeks, I was told there was no job available, but I could return on my previous hours to a different job. The job I was offered involved a lot more work than my previous role and required me to be flexible in the days I would be required to work. As this was not possible due to nursery etc, I had to decline and revert to my original return date. On advice from ACAS, I submitted an official request to change my hours on my return under the statutory rights. After 29 days, I have still had no reply whatsoever other than the original acknowledgement. I feel like I am being totally ignored and am after some advice as to the next steps to take.
After returning from maternity leave I was told I can work part-time hours. On my first day back I was told I can only do this for one month and after that it will be back to full time. I understand that maybe this is a business need, but can they be allowed to treat me like this?
I am due to return to work in 12 days and my employer still have not answered my request for flexible working. I had a meeting with my manager almost four weeks ago about my request. He didn't answer me within two weeks, so I contacted my head office they said they'd look into it. I heard nothing from them until I called them again two days later, they then contacted my manager and he was going to look into my request with the rotas that evening. I called my manager the next day to find out what was happening, he advised me what he might be able to offer once he had spoken to his manager! I have now not heard anything since last week, since I rang my manager. What should I do now? I still haven't confirmed my childcare as I don't know what days I need it for.
After returning from maternity leave I was told I could work part-time hours. On my first day back I was told I can only do this for one month and after that it will be back to full time. I understand that maybe this is a business need, but can they be allowed to treat me like this? The initial agreement was made over the phone and not in writing.