Both my partner and I work for the same company. We both work a shift rota starting from 7:00am up to 21:00pm. My hours have been set on a base rota and my partner worked under a 'self-rota' which basically means he can choose his hours. With a lot of hard work we have worked this around our childcare needs since I returned to work after maternity leave 1.5 years ago. Our employer has this week changed the rota system. Diminishing the self-rota and placing both of us on a set shift pattern which has no consistency. Consequently we cannot both work this rota as I can’t physically get childcare from 6:30 in the morning and from around 18:00 at night. Do we have any rights? I have spoken with HR regards this who have basically said there’s nothing that they can do to help! We are not the only couple in our job with the same problem. There are 3 other couples who are in the same position as us. I don’t know where to turn. Please help.
I returned to work as a teacher earlier this year, but my head teacher had earlier told me he could not accommodate a part-time teacher in my subject and would have to employ another part-time teacher to make up the hours. I met again with him once I was back and made the request verbally again, but immediately followed it up with a formal letter. He verbally said that he would consider it, but made no written decision. There are a number of part-time teachers in the school, including in core subjects such as mine. I feel very unfairly treated and at the same time am very hesitant to rock the boat by seriously challenging my head on these issues. I know they have not kept to the timetable for flexible work requests. Can I take them to an employment tribunal?
I work as an administrator in a school office. I am due to return from maternity leave in a few months. I have been told informally by my line manager and by the bursar that there is 'no chance' the headteacher will let me come back part time as she 'doesn't like part time employees'. When I delved into this a little deeper the bursar backtracked and said it would be 'difficult to manage'. Whilst I have been on maternity leave they have not replaced me, but managed to absorb my work into the existing office team. I also have a colleague who does exactly the same job as me in the office on the same pay grade who would very much like to job share with me when it's time for me to come back. Despite this all seeming like it should be in my favour I am pretty sure that our request to jobshare will be turned down. I just want to know the best way to go about the whole thing as I NEED this job. We will not be able to manage if I don't work, but we also will not be able to get full-time childcare for my son so going back to my job without cutting some days down is just not possible.
I have been on maternity leave and was due to go back to work in May. I filled in a form for flexible working, stating I would like to go down to part time from full time, and that I were unable to work lates which can mean anything up till midnight. This was due to my partner working away all week and having no childcare of an evening, but I have been having trouble with my flexible working request with my employer. I have been to numerous meetings with them. Today I have been to another meeting as they had come to a decision on my flexible working request and they have told me it has been rejected. Their reason was that they said as an assistant manager it wasn't going to work as it will be difficult to manage the team working no nights and that other managers would have to take responsibility for them. I was told if I worked evenings that I could do my role part time. I don't think this is a fair enough reason to reject my application and need some help about appealing this. There is a general manager, a deputy manager and, with me, three assistant managers with this company. I had also offered to step down as an assistant manager and take a role as a team member, but they have told me that there is no vacancy within the centre. They also told me I only have 7 days to appeal, but I did say no I am sure I have 14 days which then they reluctantly said OK we will extend this to 14 for you. Please help me. I am very stressed about this and have not received any money from them now since my SMP ended at the end of April while all this has been dragging on, which is very annoying. Am I entitled to any money from them while they haven't been giving me any hours to work?
I am currently on maternity leave and will be going back to work in the summer. I do part time 7-1pm. I have had to find childcare for two days a week and managed to get a nursery that opens at 7am. However, this means I will be late for work by 15 minutes, but according to my boss I will be done for lateness and could be sacked for it. She also mentioned that because of this I could not go back to my old job. She then stated that there were no other jobs available in the department and that she would contact another manager. They have now come back to me offering 9am to 1pm which would mean I would take a 2-hour pay loss. Do I have the right to refuse the hours offered? And if so must my employer offer something else or as I have refused their offer can they simply say I have to leave? I was told that if you are paid contractual maternity pay from your employer you have to go back to work for three months. However if I have to leave due to their inflexibility do I have to pay it back?