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Pregnant and stressed about redundancy: ask the expert

Pregnant and stressed about redundancy: ask the expert

Can an employee request to be made redundant during the redundancy process due to the stress of the ongoing process? My wife is due to leave work in three weeks and today has been advised she's in a pool of people for redundancy. It may be beneficial for her to be made redundant so can we request this on medical grounds?

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Being redeployed on maternity leave: ask the expert

I am currently on maternity leave and am 38 weeks pregnant and have just been informed I have been redeployed from a pool of people. I now have a few months to find a position in the public sector area I am employed in otherwise I will be issued with my redundancy notice. I am so worried regarding this. I didn't think I would be redeployed. However, I had a bad relationship with my previous manager. I don't want to worry really due to my pregnancy, but am hurt and tearful and have been all day. Please help.

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Put on the bench after maternity leave: ask the expert

I am due to return from maternity leave in March after taking a full year off. I contacted my manager in January to come into the office. During our meeting I was told there was no job for me. As an IT worker, I would be put onto the 'bench' where I would need to search for another suitable job in another location. The company has been making lots of redundancy during the past 2 years. I have asked why I have been put onto the bench. They say it's to do with demand from the client being reduced. I've been told I need to look for another job when I come back to work and they can't guarantee it will be in the local area. I have asked about flexible working and been told that when a job does arrive I need to have a chat during my interview to see if the job offers that. In the meantime I must come into the office. I feel like I am being put into a corner here. If the job does not offer flexible working and is further away from home which will causes childcare issues then they believe that's my responsibility to sort. In the meantime a voluntary redundancy notice has been issued. I have requested a quote. Are they breaking the law here. Would I still have a case if I took voluntary redundancy?

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Under threat of redundancy on maternity leave: ask the expert

Under threat of redundancy on maternity leave: ask the expert

I am currently 35 weeks pregnant and have been put 'at risk' by my place of work. We are currently going through a consultation period on new job roles. There are 12 of us under threat all considering applying for 4 new roles, although these roles are extremely similar the view of senior management is that they are significantly different.
My problem is that I am soon going on maternity leave. Where do I legally stand?
Some questions I would like answering are:
1) Would my 3 month notice period commence from the end of the consultation period and run into my maternity leave or do they have to be separate?
2) When calculating my redundancy pay would they have to consider my maternity leave period as continued service? They are currently arguing that because my notice would end before my two-year qualifying period and that I would not be entitled to anything. My argument is that any payments due to me should be worked out over the entire maternity leave period i.e Notice period for 3 months, SMP for 39 weeks, holiday accrued and also length of service during that time too.
3) If they are informing me that my job is redundant just before I go on Maternity leave, does that mean that I am not covered by the 'suitable alternative job' protection and am simply redundant?
4) If the answer to the above is 'yes' are they discriminating against me by me not being able to attend an interview as I would be on maternity leave?
I would really appreciate any help or advice you can give me, especially on my rights on returning to a job and redundancy payments.

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Part-time and made redundant: ask the expert

I work part time and am about to be made redundant. However, I previously worked full-time in the same role. Can I expect redundancy severance for the full-time years based on a pro-rata-ed full-time salary, or do I have to settle for all my years' service being calculated on my part-time salary?

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