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Given new full-time role I now don't want: ask the expert

Given new full-time role I now don't want: ask the expert

I have been working part time with a company for the past 5 years. Last year when I was pregnant we got told that a reorganisation was taking place and we were all at risk. When I was away on maternity leave, I was told that my role was at risk, and I could apply for a new role if I wished. I applied for it. After a few days I got a call from HR saying that they had taken legal advice and that I would automatically be given that role. I was very happy and said yes to the role. After a few days I got a call again and got told that this was a full-time role and as it was a new role they didn't have to meet my hours’ requirement. I was given time to think and get back to them. I said yes again. A few days later, I got the appointment letter for the new role. Unfortunately, things on my personal front have changed and we (family) have decided to move to a different city. My employer agreed to let me work from that city. However, I am now not very sure that I want the role any more. I think it will be difficult for me to cope with the role: it's full time and it involves a lot of travel (which was not there in my previous role). I went back to HR and said I was having second thoughts and didn't want the role any more. I have now been told that as I am now refusing the role it will amount to resignation and I will not be entitled to any redundancy. I will also now have to return the enhanced maternity pay I received from the company. I have also been told that I can do the trial period of four weeks if I want. As I am on maternity leave, it will be difficult for me to do the trial period. I would rather be made redundant and move on. Please can anyone advise me about my situation?

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Do I have a case for unfair dismissal? Ask the expert

Do I have a case for unfair dismissal? Ask the expert

I have worked for 5 1/2 years and returned from maternity leave to be advised a few months in that my job is to be made redundant due to closure of the clinic and they are to set a new partner service up where the nurses will be transferred to and they do not want a receptionist. This happened in January, but this clinic is still open and a nurse is running reception and doing my duties assisted by a member of the Customer Services team. Where do I stand for unfair dismissal? I am also trialling a job in the Customer Services team and have not received the same training as a new starter so have been told I have performance issues. They keep asking if I am staying after my trial and I am only 1 week in. They also ask if I am having any more children. I feel pressured into leaving at this time. I have saved everything on paper that they have given me, including emails and rosters for new job.

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Can my contract be altered due to pregnancy?: ask the expert

Can my contract be altered due to pregnancy?: ask the expert

I got pregnant while covering someone's maternity leave. My contract is open-ended, but when I signed my maternity cover contract my manager said that if I got pregnant she will have to change my contract as I cannot cover maternity when pregnant. She has a right to do that? Even if my contract has no end date? Sometimes she makes her own rules so I am confused about my rights.

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Bullying during pregnancy: ask the expert

Bullying during pregnancy: ask the expert

I have worked at the same company for 8 1/2 years and throughout this time was promoted to a senior position within the branch - I asked to attend a Supervisors course back in 2006 and have this on email, but it never materialised. Others within the branch were sent on these courses and fast tracked through promotion and were promoted to my managers early last year as soon as I became pregnant. I have been subjected to what I see as a campaign of humiliation and bullying and I have had no support from the management. Indeed I have been told off when I have complained about attacks. I was in tears at work every day. I advised that I feared this was all just an excuse to remove me from my job, but this was dismissed.  Now I am on annual leave before taking my maternity leave and on the 2nd day of my annual leave I received an e-mail from the HR dept advising me to urgently contact work and that due to streamlining processes 4 people in the branch need to become 3, and that I am one of those affected, that I have to attend a meeting while on annual leave and that the decision will be made in 2 weeks. I do not know if I have a case but I have been through so much stress and heartache because of all this (since I became pregnant) and now there will only be 3 people anyway as I am on maternity leave until next year so this just seems like the opportunity they have been waiting for to use as an excuse to get rid of me.

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Maternity cover taking my job: ask the expert

Maternity cover taking my job: ask the expert

I run a small company, of only myself, within a larger organisation. My colleague, who also ran a company of one, was made redundant just before I went on maternity leave. He then became my maternity cover, employed as a consultant. I was due to return to work this week, but was called last week into a redundancy consultation. They told me that my cover outsourced some parts of my job while I was away, and that they are changing some other parts of the job so now it will require a new skillset. I see no reason why I would be incapable of implementing any changes and doing the job. They said that it would not be possible to have two people in the job. As I’m in the redundancy meetings, it is clear that my maternity cover (male, grown-up children) will be taking over my job. He is now a consultant, so having him leave would cost nothing, while I have been there 13 years and due redundancy. A few months before I was due to return to work I spoke informally to the CEO about me returning part time and partly from home and he was happy for me to do so. My maternity cover worked part time and partly from home while I have been on maternity leave. This can't be legal?

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