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Stressed out about changed role: ask the expert

Stressed out about changed role: ask the expert

I've been working for my employer for the last 16 months and I'd started my OML just over four months ago. I was called into the office in early December last year to be told my role is now at risk due to the sale of part of its business. However, HR had a separate chat with me straight after the initial talk and mentioned about the possibility of another redefined role (similar to what I've been doing plus other responsibilities added on top). I was asked whether I would like to be put forward for it and I said yes on the spot. However, then I found out the next day that I'm the only person in my team who is at risk despite the fact that more than 20 people are being made redundant on my floor. My colleague who's one grade lower than me still has his job and he does the same job as me. I gather my salary is slightly higher than his. I have my follow-up consultation meeting with HR and the head of the department very soon. I want to ask the right questions. So far I can only think of asking why have I been selected? What's the actual selection process? What's happening to the other redefined role? I'd like to know if I have a case of discrimination here. Also can the company change their mind as to this redefined role? I really would like to have a job to go back to after my maternity leave. The head of department had reassured me before I started my maternity leave that I would definitely have a job to come back to unless the team no longer exists. I'm really stressed about the whole thing and it's affecting my ability to raise my baby. I'm due to go and see my GP this coming week. I would really appreciate any advice and help you can give me from a legal point of view. What other relevant questions should I be asking during my consultation meeting or even before which may make the company think twice before making me redundant?

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I haven't been paid my maternity pay: ask the expert

I haven't been paid my maternity pay: ask the expert

I began my maternity leave in May last year, but haven't been paid my maternity pay since June.  After chasing my boss for my pay and having no response I went to the DWP and set up a formal dispute.  My boss won't respond to them and is ignoring me.  I still haven't been paid and he now owes me over six months of pay.  I sent him an e-mail saying that I intend to return to work soon, but don't expect a response and know from a colleague (who isn't on maternity leave and hasn't been paid since July either) that the business has moved premises, so unless he gets back to me when I do return to work I won't know where to go. I am wondering what my next course of action should be.  I would like to force him into making me redundant, or be able to take him to a tribunal for constructive dismissal, but have been told that this would be hard to prove.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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Fear of restructure on maternity leave: ask the expert

Fear of restructure on maternity leave: ask the expert

I am due to go on maternity leave soon and my employer has not replaced me with maternity cover. My workplace is going through a restructure and my manager has told me she does not think our department will be affected. She has also told me that I will have a job when I return from maternity leave. I am concerned that my role
will be distributed in the department and I may not have a job to go back to. Should I be worried?

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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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