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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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Discriminated against for taking adoption leave? Ask the expert

Discriminated against for taking adoption leave? Ask the expert

I have worked for my employer since October 2012. I am home-based and my contract states: “Your normal place of work will be your home address. You may be required to work temporarily at other locations in the United Kingdom at the request of the Company. The Company may change your normal place of work on a permanent basis by giving you at least one month’s notice of any permanent change.”

I typically worked 1 day a week from our northern office prior to going on Adoption leave. I have asked for this same pattern on my return to work and my employer is now saying they want me to be in our northern office 3 days a week. I live in the south east so this is not a reasonable request. What are my rights? Am I eligible to pursue a constructive dismissal case if things go that far? I'm being discriminated against for taking 6 months adoption leave.

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Turned down for part-time role: ask the expert

Turned down for part-time role: ask the expert

I went on maternity last year. I then gave birth to my beautiful daughter in December 2012 and since then I have enjoyed every second of my maternity leave hassle free. I have kept in contact ith my Manager and work colleagues to retain that bound and to keep up to date with what has been going on in the office. I took a year off and was due to resume to work in November 2013. In August 2013 my partner and I decided that it would benefit our family is I could work part time, so we put in an application for flexible working. I work 37 hours a week Monday till Friday and I was asking to work 4 days a week and 30 hours or 4 days a week and 31 hours or continue to work full time but be taken out of the late rota so I can leave at 4:35 instead of 5pm, which we do every 3/4 weeks. My meeting was held with my manager and we spoke about my request and after that meeting took place I received a reply declining my application. I then appealed their decision and put a final option to work 32.40 hours over 4 days, which was still declined. After that had all happened I then applied for a full-time recruitment administrator position, which didn't involve travelling to different sites or as tight deadlines to my current position. I wasn't even given an interview because they said I didn't have recent recruitment experience, even though I have over 10 years' HR experience and have dealt with recruitment in most of my roles and was also a recruitment consultant. Since returning to work I have found out the person they have taken on does not have a HR background and has very little recruitment experience. After that position my dream part time position came up, working in my team and reporting to my manager. It would have involved me working 3 days a week for 22 hours. I was interviewed for the post on my return to work in November. I was then told that I was not successful and that another member of my team was (who currently cannot do their current position due to having a bad back). The feedback I have received is they gave better answers to the questions they asked. That's all the feedback I have received. I was absolutely disappointed and cried in front of the Manager who told me I didn't get the job and all they could say to me was they were sorry. I then left the office for 30 minutes to speak with my partner and calm myself down. I then returned to my work and continued working till the end of the day, but could not concentrate, nor did I want to stay. I couldn't understand why they didn't give me the position, when they knew how much I wanted to go part time. I felt lost and like I had let down my family. Normally I am a headstrong women who has a clear path, but I feel lost.  I was then signed off with stress and anxiety for a week. I have requested to sit down with my manager and discuss how I feel. Any advice is much appreciated. I'm starting to feel the only thing I can do is leave and I do feel like I am being pushed to leave.

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