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In danger of redundancy: ask the expert

In danger of redundancy: ask the expert

I have a week of maternity leave left until I'm due back at work. However, my employer today informed me that I'm no longer required to go into work so as not to inconvenience me due to upcoming alternative staffing arrangements that need to be made after reviewing company profit and  loss summary and financial statements. I informally requested flexible working by email three months before returning to work, but my employer put off answering my request with seemingly legitimate reasons. After I pushed them for an answer again, I was verbally informed by a senior colleague last week that my request had been approved. However, today I received a formal letter rejecting my request for flexible working due to structural changes as they are closing our office. They also informed me it's unnecessary for me to commence work in two weeks and they will pay me until a meeting in three weeks with my other colleagues about how the structural changes will affect our roles. I'm feeling shocked and worried that I am to be made redundant and unsure about what to do from here. As my informal request for flexible working was by email does it mean it isn't valid? They have suggested I can appeal, but I'm unsure on what grounds I'm able to appeal.

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Restructure while pregnant: ask the expert 

Restructure while pregnant: ask the expert 

I am 15 weeks pregnant and my company has just announced a restructure and redundancies. They have put out requests for voluntary redundancies and in my current position there are 7 people to 4 available positions and I am seriously considering voluntary redundancy. The release date has been given as the 31st March and therefore I will still be employed with the company 15 weeks before my due date. If I was to put in my request for voluntary redundancy would I be entitled to claim SMP as well as my redundancy package? Also the company pays contractual maternity pay of 90% of pay for the first 6 weeks and 50% of pay for a further 12 weeks. Would they have a legal entitlement to pay this on top of SMP if it's stated in my current contract?

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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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