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Do I need to be interviewed for my post on maternity leave: ask the expert

Do I need to be interviewed for my post on maternity leave: ask the expert

Whilst on maternity leave (I had planned to take the full 52 weeks) my department has been moved out into a separate company. There has been an organisational restructure and a job matching process has been undertaken where all employees' current job descriptions were matched against jobs in the new structure. The three outcomes of the process were either 1) a direct match and job offered 2) a similar match and invitation to interview for that job or 3) not matched and invited to review remaining posts and apply. My post has been classed as a similar match and I have been invited for interview – however, it has been confirmed that I would be the only person who would be interviewed for the post. I still have another 2 ½ months of maternity leave left. Can my employers force me to interview for a post which is a similar role to the one I was doing (and now no longer exists) where I am the only candidate or should they automatically provide me with a job on similar t&c’s?

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Post removed on maternity leave: ask the expert

Post removed on maternity leave: ask the expert

I'm currently on maternity leave and there is a proposal currently in its consultation phase where my role has been 'removed'.  The positions available for me to apply for would all mean an effective demotion and reduction in pay. Can my employer do this? In addition, I was told that a position that was available whilst on maternity leave was full-time and could not be part time. I now discover that that is not true and someone is doing that role in 4 days (I also work 4 days, so would have applied for the role had I known).  Where do I stand with this?

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Offered same job on lower pay after maternity leave: ask the expert

Offered same job on lower pay after maternity leave: ask the expert

I am currently on maternity leave. I was on a fixed-term contract, which came to an end while I was pregnant and my employer extended it until the day my maternity leave started. My employer has offered me my old job back, on a part-time basis, but the hourly rate of pay is 20% lower than it was previously. Can they do this?

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Holiday entitlement and maternity leave: ask the expert

Holiday entitlement and maternity leave: ask the expert

Am I entitled to use up the rest of my holiday entitlement before I go on maternity leave?

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Called for interview on maternity leave: ask the expert

Called for interview on maternity leave: ask the expert

I'm currently on maternity leave, but I'm feeling under pressure from my employer. Before my maternity leave I was working in a seconded role and had been for over 3 years. Prior to that I was in a temp role 'acting up' from my substantive position.

My seconded role is due to come to an end (although I've not had confirmation when this will end yet). When this does eventually end, I will return to the department I came from (where I performed both my substantive and acting up role).

However, HR have informed me by letter that the department has been restructured and there are now two roles which are suitable for me (my original/substantive role and the role which I acted up to for two years prior to my secondment as it's now become a permanent position).

There is a substantial difference in salary between the two positions.

HR have said that there are only two people eligible to apply, me and the person currently 'acting up' to the role in question. Both our substantive roles are the same.

HR now want me to go in for an interview as both myself and the other person have said we would like the higher role.

As I'm currently on maternity leave, I don't feel emotionally, mentally or physically ready to attend an interview. Bearing in mind it's been almost 4 years since I was in the role and the department for which I will be interviewed for.

I'm breastfeeding my baby who isn't yet five months old and who rarely sleeps more than half an hour at any one time, meaning I'm struggling to find any time to prepare for an interview. Not to mention 'baby brain' which frequently sees me forget what I'm talking about half way through a sentence!

The thought of an interview at this time really worries me. The job I will be applying for requires a level headed, confident and resilient person, all of which I'm not feeling at this time. I'm certain attending an interview at this time will disadvantage me.

HR did line a date up for me, but I got so stressed about it, not having any time to prepare, I cancelled it, saying that the extra stress being applied to me was not helpful whilst on maternity leave and suggested the interviews be held closer to my return date (eight months away).

HR then left it a month before contacting me again to advise that they'll be writing to me again in a couple of months with a new date and that "I should appreciate that without the interviews, instability remains within the team". This makes me feel even more pressure is on me to attend an interview which I'm not prepared for.

I don't know why HR are pressing for me to attend an interview whilst I'm on maternity leave - the situation has been the same for the last four years, so their timing is questionable.

I fear that if I attend at this current time when I'm ill prepared, my reputation will be damaged within the organisation and I will not only not get the position I'm interested in, but this will affect my career within the organisation.

Do I legally have to attend an interview whilst on maternity leave and what are my rights?
 

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