I run a small company, of only myself, within a larger organisation. My colleague, who also ran a company of one, was made redundant just before I went on maternity leave. He then became my maternity cover, employed as a consultant. I was due to return to work this week, but was called last week into a redundancy consultation. They told me that my cover outsourced some parts of my job while I was away, and that they are changing some other parts of the job so now it will require a new skillset. I see no reason why I would be incapable of implementing any changes and doing the job. They said that it would not be possible to have two people in the job. As I’m in the redundancy meetings, it is clear that my maternity cover (male, grown-up children) will be taking over my job. He is now a consultant, so having him leave would cost nothing, while I have been there 13 years and due redundancy. A few months before I was due to return to work I spoke informally to the CEO about me returning part time and partly from home and he was happy for me to do so. My maternity cover worked part time and partly from home while I have been on maternity leave. This can't be legal?
I work part-time hours - 30 hours a week and my employers are making redundancies and say that if I want another job in the company I would have to work 37.5 hours per week. Would the company have to pay me the full time equivalant even though it's more than the other person already doing the job?
I am returning to work from maternity leave soon and was told that my role is being merged with a similar one (just in a different region) and that I'd be interviewing for the new bigger role on my return. My concern is that I am in competition with the person who covered my maternity and managed the two regions for a year, the same person who is supposed to bring me up to speed on my return. I feel this is therefore lip service and I have no real chance to get the new job. I will lose my large team of people and a career I've been building for years. The person who doesn't get the job will be found or given time to find another role. It is unlikely it'll be managing a big team which is what I love about my job; it's more likely doing project type work. I'm so disappointed this is happening and don't see any alternative than just to do the interview, lose my job and take whatever's offered. How can this be fair in this day and age? Thanks in advance for your help.
I took maternity leave from my job as a manager. I did a few keep in touch days to do pieces of work only I can do and returned to work after 9 months. I had lots of holiday so I could spread my return over a month. This was all agreed in writing. When I returned I did not get my old job back. I was strung various lines of how if they did then the people who were covering for me wouldn't have any work to do. I was told I would have a new area, but this has never materialised. The department I used to be responsible for is now with the lady I used to line manage and she has refused to discuss work with me. I have been polite and compliant, but it has been six months now and I still do not have a job with similar responsibilities. At least my pay has remained the same. I am constantly asking for work and getting lots of odd jobs done. I was informed on Friday that I will be issued with a notice of redundancy soon as they are restructuring a department. That department was nothing to do with me before I went on maternity leave! I am not even part of it now. No notice has been given yet, but I have been informed I will have to apply for one of the 2 jobs available (3 people are being issued with redundancy notices). What is more frustrating is since I went on maternity leave 4 people have been hired on permanent contracts - one of whom does half my old job! Another is on a bigger salary than mine doing work I could easily do. I feel I am being discriminated against and unfairly treated. If as a result of the redundancy/restructuring I am not in a suitable role and find myself redundant I will want to take action - would I have a case? Also in my last appraisal I exceeded expectations, I have never had any concern expressed about my work and the company seem very pleased with what I am doing...
I worked for a high profile events company up until September (the majority of contracts came to an end after the close of the event this summer) and we were all made redundant and received a redundancy payment, as we knew would be the case. My issue, however, is with the discretionary bonus payment awarded. My role was as a full time and permanent member of staff. My contract made reference to bonuses, but in very general terms and referred to a policy document, which I was never handed nor saw. When I fell pregnant I was given the maternity/paternity policy document, which stated that in some cases people on maternity/paternity leave 'may' be subjected to a pro rata bonus. I am dismayed to find that all of my colleagues received a bonus from March-September of 10% of their annual salary, which is quite substantial, but I only received a bonus from March up until the date my maternity leave started (the end of April). I feel I was discriminated against whilst still at work by my line manager for taking time for hospital appointments and I worked exremely long hours and travelling across London to meetings, despite having what was deemed as a 'high risk' pregnancy. I have had to repeatedly seek information from HR trying to get any answers or be included in end of work celebrations or awards and they have been very vague with this matter - only telling me to refer to their FAQs document and maternity policy. I do not feel that people on maternity leave should be excluded from bonuses and/or benefits and I would be grateful for your opinion please.