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Asked to work bank holidays and weekends: ask the expert

Asked to work bank holidays and weekends: ask the expert

I am currently working on a shift pattern mon - sat 40hrs. I started with this company nearly 2 and a half years ago working a 1:4 weekend as stated in an email from the head of department. In my contract it says 'full participant in rota system mon-sat to suit the needs of the business' and that 'it is your responsibility to arrange alternative cover with your line manager'. My holiday entitlement is 28 days inclusive of bank and public holidays. We have always had to work occasional Sundays for a few hours, and over a year ago the company asked us to work bank holidays for a few hours as well. We did this even though none of us were really happy to, but they said if not they would open up the business on these days if we didn't. Now they have lost a nurse to maternity leave. They are not replacing her which now means we will have to work more weekends. I have a problem with childcare. My mum works every other weekend, but agreed to look after my daughter based on the 1:4 rota. My daughter also goes to swimming and ballet classes which have already been paid for. I have been told it's not their problem and I will have to sort childcare out. My daughter is only 2 and has mild cerebral palsy. I can't afford to pay for extra childcare and need advice!!!!!

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Badly treated on return to work: ask the expert

Badly treated on return to work: ask the expert

I returned to work 9 months ago after maternity leave.  Things were very difficult regarding this.  I was to return to work 30 hours a week as arranged months before my return to work.  I was also to return to working in the premises closest to where I live which is where I worked before I went off.  I was then informed a few days before returning that this was no longer the case.  I had to return 40 + hours and at the original premises.  There are several premises.  I was told there was no job for me otherwise.  After talking to a solicitor I was advised to leave and sue for constructive dismissal. However, I returned to work when my employer changed their minds.  Since returning I have had my rota changed 4 times with no notice, all of which I have done although childcare has been extremely difficult.  I have been reduced to tears by my employer and told how inconvenient me being off due to my child being unwell is, and I have been demoted and another member of staff given my position without being informed of this for several weeks.  My wages have been paid late on several occasions, and I have been informed of yet another rota change where I have to work 30 miles away.  I still do not have a contract.  Can they do all this to me? This situation has completely ruined returning to work and makes home life now difficult.  I hate leaving my child every day to go into a job I feel I am being discriminated against in. 

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Sidelined on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

Sidelined on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

I have just returned from 52 weeks maternity leave and the interim cover is still in place (her contract ends at the end of April). In addition to the role I am employed to do the interim has been covering a vacant position. No effort has been made by the employer to hand over work. I have no laptop due to my e-mail account being deleted and therefore have been sat twiddling my thumbs. My line manager asked me to do some work which is completly different to which I am employed to do and I refused. Today is my 3rd day back and I have spent it sat at home (whilst the interim continues to carry out the role which Im employed to do). In addition to this, at the end of my first day back I was told that there was going to be a re-structure, reducing the management positions by 1 but creating a position of a lesser status; I have been told that we have to re-apply for our jobs. The interim has been included in the pool. I find the whole situation unfair and I believe I am receiving less than favourable treatment - could you let me know your thoughts? There is also a bit more background whereby I believe my manager resented me taking maternity leave earlier than what was originally agreed.

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Employer has split my role in two on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

Employer has split my role in two on return from maternity leave: ask the expert

I am due to return to work in May following a period of OML and AML. Prior to commencing my maternity leave I was working a four-day week and was the head of a department. My maternity cover was a colleague of the same level, but who had no experience in my field and was working a five- day week. I have had a meeting today to discuss my return to work and the role I will be doing and I have been informed that, due to workload and the focus of the business, two roles have been created. One has been made clear needs to be undertaken on a five-day week basis and the other would be acceptable on a four-day week basis. I have been given the choice, but I would need to apply and be interviewed for the five-day week role. This role is effectively the role I was doing prior to me going on maternity leave and it is my belief that the four-day role is a sideline/demotion. I will have less people to manage and my new area will be responsible for less accounts. I feel I am now backed into a corner given I wish to continue on the same terms and conditions (a four-day week). Is this an acceptable way for my employer to proceed?

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Hours to change: ask the expert

Hours to change: ask the expert

I have worked for the same company for over two years on a part-time basis for three days. I've had set days for the last 18+ months. I've just been told I have to now work a late shift also up to 8 o' clock. When I applied closing time was 17.30. I have no childcare for a different shift. My rota only says my amount of contracted hours - nothing about set shifts or my shift changing. Just my hours are to be agreed and advice on overtime. Any help?

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