There has been restructuring whilst I am on maternity leave. I was asked if I wanted a new role which was similar to the one I held previously (this was additional responsibilities to my main role). I said that I would accept this if I had to return to work full time (as I was going through a flexible working appeal). My appeal was refused. Then during informal discussions it was verbally agreed that I could return part time for one year and someone else would do my additional responsibilities and I would then pick them up after the agreed part time period.
Days later I was told that I couldn't return part time so I assumed that I would return full time with the additional responsibilities, as I had previously agreed to. In a subsequent meeting I was told, in an off the cuff remark, that my additional responsibilities had been given to someone else. At the time I didn't say anything as I was still negotiating for a part-time return. However, now I have been told that I have to return full time and someone else is currently doing my additional responsibilities. I am not happy that I am returning on the same contract eg full time,
but my management role has been taken away from me- even if it is only for a year (and to be honest, I am not sure that I trust this would be the case!). I have had 12 months maternity. Can I refuse to have my responsibility taken away from me, given that I said I wanted to keep it if I returned full time?
I am currently on maternity leave and moved away from the area where I used to live a few months ago. I work in the IT Industry and the company I work for tends to encourage home working and all the necessary solutions are in place and I have for years worked form home at last one day a week. I contacted my employer earlier in the year requesting flexible working (part time and working from home) and they asked me to contact them again in June, which I did. They emailed me to inform me that they couldn't agre to the terms I requested and could have a meeting to discuss further. We then met with HR at the end of July and i explained I am prepared to work full time and look at a different or more junior role, but would have to be home based. They said they would come back to me within 14 days, but took until 19th August (my statutory mat pay finishes at the and of August). Unfortunately they can't offer me any role within the copmany that is home based. Now what? Do I have to resign from my role?
After returning from maternity leave I was told I can work part-time hours. On my first day back I was told I can only do this for one month and after that it will be back to full time. I understand that maybe this is a business need, but can they be allowed to treat me like this? The initial agreement was made over the phone and not in writing.
I've been on maternity leave for 10 months now and am due to go back in a month's time. I asked for a 3-day block working week in mid April, then 6 weeks later I was told that I would have a 48-hour response time to queries from the business so I may have to do some work on the other two days (perhaps 30 minutes was suggested). I offered 3 1/2 days. Then I didn't get a response for one month. I've since been offered four days, and a change to my job description. I appealed four days in the office and said that I would like one to be working from home as the company has a working from home policy. I even have a password key to access all files and emails online through Citrix, and it's always been acceptable in the past. I'v been told that this is no longer acceptable and I will have to work in the office as we are a customer-facing organisation. However, most of my stakeholders are at different locations so all contact would be by email and phone. I suppose my question is is this indirect sex discrimination? They have a working from home policy, but are now saying it's not allowed.
I need some advice around the following issue. I work for a local authority. I applied for homeworking under the permitted policy some 4 years ago. This was agreed that I could work from home 2 days a week, normally fixed but flexible both ways around meeting requests and other work commitments. They set me up with connections at home so I can access all the systems, have email and my office extension diverts home so just like being in the office.
I had a baby in 2009 and returned to my post early in 2010 where this agreement continued. I have either worked one day at home and taken a days leave so I can spend time with my child or worked 2 days at home if work loads have required me to do so.
Although I followed the correct procedure at the time, the then boss failed to follow this up in writing and did not issue me with a homeworking contract which does say is required under the Policy.
As far as I’m aware there have never been any issues with my homeworking and I have two different line managers and there has changes of staff in my immediate team.
However, a few months a go the overall boss warned me and a couple of others that they were looking to review homeworking. At the time I got very upset and told the boss that I rely on my working arrangement to juggle childcare and working full time. The boss was quite caring and said they’d try to help me out.
We heard nothing and then and few weeks ago we were told in a meeting that they are stopping homeworking and removing the facilities we currently have.
Their reasons being that it no longer fits business needs following a wider team restructure. There are now less staff (although actually more in my immediate office with 2 people on higher grades), that it is preventing sharing common working practices, supervision of newer member of the team (I do not have any direct supervision responsibilities), and that it is not fair that we have the facilities when other people are asking for it.
They are saying we can still do home working ad hoc dependant on business needs or if we have any meetings go and work in the nearest area office but they do not want people have a fixed number of days at home.
This is no good for me as I have set up my child care around my current working arrangements and there are no local offices I attend where I could work instead.
I did argue my case but they were unwilling to listen. They were not very caring and said my reasons are no more special than anyone else who might want this arrangement.
They have not yet followed anything up in writing but again the policy states 30 days notice in writing is required. Nor have they had every team member in the office in who has the facility to work from home. This is supposed to come into effect in the next few weeks.
Please can you advise what can I do?