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Maternity leave covered by more junior person: ask the expert

Maternity leave covered by more junior person: ask the expert

I am 32 weeks pregnant, my maternity leave is due to start at week 36. Currently, my employers are looking to cover my maternity leave with a much junior role, which is part time. Can they do this? And where does this leave me, on my return? I'm worried that they will see this as an opportunity to make me redundant.

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Trying to get an employee back early: ask the expert

Trying to get an employee back early: ask the expert

I run a small business. A key member of staff is on maternity leave and due back shortly, changing from full time to three days a week, but she wants to add holiday on to the end of her leave. Another member of staff is just about to go on maternity leave and I need the other staff member to cover this. I have offered to pay her in lieu of the holiday leave and to allow her to come back on three days a week using the other two days as holiday for a couple of months, but paying her full time. She has refused. What can I do as it is really going to impact on my business?

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Offered new job then got pregnant: ask the expert

Offered new job then got pregnant: ask the expert

I was formally offered a post last year and went through all pre-employment checks etc, but the start date was continually delayed. In the meantime I fell pregnant and by the time they offered me work I was off sick in my current job with pregnancy-related complications. I told my potential employer that my start date woud have to be delayed until next month when I finish my maternity leave. However, I have now extended my leave to the end of March, utilising my full 39 weeks as my daughter has been unwell. I have been in contact with the new employer and they have said there is no guarantee there will be a post for me at end of March and I will have to wait till something comes up. The problem is, my current job is a fixed-term contract and actually ends the same day as my maternity leave. Where do I stand on both issues please? i cannot afford to be out of work.

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Redundancy just before maternity leave: ask the expert

Redundancy just before maternity leave: ask the expert

I am 35 weeks pregnant and have been told my role is being made redundant. I have worked at the organisation for five years and have an 8 week notice period. I have been told I will not receive my full pay during this period, only my maternity pay. This is because my contractual notice period is at least one week longer than the statutory notice period. This seems very unfair. I thought the point of statutory requirements was to provide a minimum level of protection and I feel this is effectively being side stepped. Is there anything I can do?

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Much of my role advertised while I am on maternity leave: ask the expert

Much of my role advertised while I am on maternity leave: ask the expert

I'm currently on six months maternity leave from a senior management position. I've just seen an email that someone has been appointed to a role which is almost identical to mine, with the same remit and responsibilities, but a slightly different job title. This affects the remit of the role I'll do on my return and also my seniority, damaging future promotion prospects which I've been aiming towards. I long suspected this. The company was going through an organisational restructure whilst I was pregnant and I was given no information on how my job would be affected. I pretty much felt sidelined during my entire pregnancy (my boss was openly skeptical about whether I'd return at all). I did postpone my maternity start date from 35wks pregnant to 38wks to help them recruit maternity cover for me. They hadn't sorted anything out by my original finish date (despite telling them about my pregnancy at 10 weeks!) and were vague about cover plans (my boss cancelled all my last one to ones so I lost all opportunity to discuss it properly). However, my boss didn’t like the candidates we interviewed. When I went on maternity leave, it was all still up in the air and my role and future uncertain. I was pretty stressed by it all to be honest, but didn't feel like I had any time to address it with them. This new appointment isn't a maternity cover role, but I feel it directly affects my job. What are my rights? I feel really let down by my company, especially after I postponed my leave to help them sort this. I've always shown loyalty and had glowing appraisals and top bonuses. I feel like they wrote me off the moment I became pregnant.

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