I have just returned to work after 52 weeks off for maternity leave. I was due to be back in the summer and organised childcare etc for this. My boss told me that they would pay me maternity until November. I didn't think this was right and said so, but she was insistent that they could claim it back. On coming back on my first day she told me that she had used all my holidays to cover my time off from August. She apparantly sent me an email in assuming it was ok which I never received. I would never have agreed to her using my holidays and wanted to be back in August as I have been paying out childcare and not doing anything and frankly falling into a little bit of a depression the last couple of months. I'm so confused I don't know what I can do. I just know it feels wrong. She also wanted me to work 16 hours over 5 days even though I had told her I have arranged three full days of childcare.
I've been told I can only give my 28-day maternity notice from the day I get the MAT B1 form from the doctor. Is that true?
I am due to return to work after 12 months' maternity leave. I feel I am being forced out of my job as the person covering my maternity leave is dictating job share hours, resulting in me either signing a new contract for two hours per week or being expected to return on a full-time (39 hours) basis. I can’t return to work full time as I have parental duties. This seems to mean my only option is resigning from this position as two hours per week would leave me out of pocket.
I currently work in the public sector and following the birth of my child I have taken Carer's leave. I am due back in work in January and wish to change my hours when I return. I requested an early return and a change in hours via email in July and, after 5 weeks, I was told there was no job available, but I could return on my previous hours to a different job. The job I was offered involved a lot more work than my previous role and required me to be flexible in the days I would be required to work. As this was not possible due to nursery etc, I had to decline and revert to my original return date. On advice from ACAS, I submitted an official request to change my hours on my return under the statutory rights. After 29 days, I have still had no reply whatsoever other than the original acknowledgement. I feel like I am being totally ignored and am after some advice as to the next steps to take.
I have said informally that I would like to return to work three days per week in February after 9 months of maternity leave. My employers are volunteer trustees and my role is the most senior in the charity. I have suggested that I could do my role in three days with a two day per week assistant. They have said no and that they want to keep my cover on full time to do half my job and I can have the other half. So I will lose half my remit and share my seniority. Practically this will not work well in our small business, financially it isn't viable and my cover would be impossible to work with. I wanted to know if legally I can stop them doing this. Do I have any right to keep the same job description of my full-time job if I want to return part time?