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?
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.
My company announced in March / April time that they would be reducing numbers and therefore we would have to apply for a role. This was shortly after I had found out I was pregnant. My line manager and task manager were informed as I felt I was struggling and as I was worried about whether this would impact my application. I was told it was bad timing by my task manager and told not to worry by my line manager. I applied for a role in my exiting team at the same level and two others (we were encouraged to apply for 3) in different teams, same level. There then followed a period of waiting where I was signed off with hyperemesis. On my return I was told I was unsuccessful and was therefore at formal risk of redundancy. The pregnancy was then known by everyone. During the time since then (1st June) I have appealed this decision due to the way the application forms were scored as I felt last year’s rating was used when I was not in the role long due to maternity leave. This was unsuccessful. I was then given three months’ notice, giving me a last working day of the day before my estimated due date. I have obviously been applying for jobs internally, but cannot really go externally as I would lose the right to SMP, although I do understand I could apply for Maternity Allowance. I have had a few interviews, but not been successful. I put in to leave early on maternity leave which was accepted. I have been signed off for several weeks now with hyperemesis. However, I attended an interview last week which again I was unsuccessful for. My line manager is saying that there will be some interviews held next week (which may be when I have started maternity leave) but I will have to travel for these 1.5 hours each way on public transport, which I don't really fancy but will do if I have to. My question is whilst I am on maternity leave - what do the company have to do to fulfil their legal obligations to me? It is a very large company so there are new roles coming up on the vacancies list pretty much daily, although obviously not all are suitable for me, but I am certain that at least one a week (if not more) would be. What do I have to do whilst on maternity leave? Do I have to attend all interviews offered? Do I have to keep my eye on the vacancies board and apply for jobs etc.?
I am due to return to work later this month after taking the full 52 weeks maternity leave. Until last week I was given the impression my request (verbal) to work part time would be granted. I have a lot of annual leave to use so was going to use it to extend my time off work. Last week, however, I as told by my line manager my job was going to be a 50/50 job share and because they didn't have anyone else in place to job share yet I was responsible for the full-time job. Apart from shock, I feel let down. My boss has always encouraged me to take as much time off as I could afford and to only come back to work a day or two because as she puts it 'you never get that time back with your children'. I have since read the job share policy which states discussions should have taken place before I started my maternity leave. This one is tricky because due to family circumstances just before I was due to go off I left quite suddenly, although I did go back to tie up loose ends. My question really is can a job share be forced on me? A part-time position, which I thought I was going to have, suits me and my family better and would have given me more time off with my family.
Whilst I was on maternity leave, there was a business restructure although the department I previously worked in was unaffected. During discussions about my return to work before the end of my first six months, I discussed with my manager that a new role had been created as a part of the restructure which my name had been allocated to and what were my thoughts versus returning to my old role. I didn't voice a preference at this stage. During later discussions (still prior to six months) I was told that the new role was no longer available, but that there was another role for me (no mention at this stage of the one I left) although I would need to return after six months. I was reluctant to go back before nine months, but it was suggested (not said out loud) that there may not be a suitable role for me if I chose to take the 12 months so I reluctantly agreed to go back after seven months. I am now not happy with my decision to return so early and feel I was bullied into going back to this role to avoid being made redundant or forced to return full time (I currently do 4 long days so 5 hours less than contracted). Do I have any rights though once I accepted the role on offer?