My employer has just rejected my request for flexible working, but they did not follow the procedure and respond or hold the meetings in the required time frames and initially asked me to resubmit my request at a later date as they didn't want to consider it at that time. When I did eventually get to have a meeting to "discuss" my proposal, they opened with "we want to keep the role at 35 hours" so clearly there was no "discussion" to be had and they had already made up their minds. Despite my attempt to be flexible and offer up alternative flexible working solutions, no effort was made on their part to negotiate. Furthermore I think their grounds for rejection are unfounded as I have a colleague doing the same number of hours that I requested in the same role. I plan to appeal, but should I also seek legal advice at this point or is it too early? Can I take an employment solicitor to the appeal?
I am a single parent to a 3-year-old son. Earlier last year I worked part time, 16 hours spread over a Friday and Saturday. My manager and area manager contacted me and requested if I could return to work full time at 40 hours. They offered me a pay rise and agreed to fit the hours around any childcare I would need. I have now been working 40 hours from a Tuesday through to Saturday which I put to them to fit around childcare. This was put into place last May. I had a conversation with my manager and area manager together in September informing them I would be returning to my 16 hours come this autumn as my son would start mainstream school and my childcare arrangments would alter. At that time I was told that would not be a problem. After a conversation today with my manager he informed me my hours would not return to my Friday and Saturday hours and my hours would change on a weekly basis. After me explaining this would not be possible as my hours would need to be set and secure to fit around my childcare arrangements I was told that the company run a business and my childcare is not their problem. What rights do I have due to my childcare? Keeping in mind the company approached me regarding returning to work full time and I was upfront with them regarding childcare giving them plenty of notice?
Returning to work after my maternity leave, my employer cut my hours due to loss of business. She said it is a small business, I lost customers etc. I had no choice but to accept the new hours. After a short while I noticed my maternity cover was still working there. When I mentioned that, she said she didn't give her enough notice, and as I was taking my 2 weeks summer holiday she had to keep her for a couple of months. The way she talked with me, I had no chance to argue. After a couple of months, the manager retired and and my boss gave the manager's hours to my maternity cover and made her the manager. She gave me a chance to apply for the position too, but because I have a baby now I wouldn't be as flexible as I used to be, so I couldn't get the job. My maternity cover is very flexible, she would cover any time and any day, whereas I can only work maximum 3 consecutive days as my mum looks after my baby. My boss cannot give me enough hours so I could afford a childcare. My boss is trying to give me a couple of hours here and 4 hours there all over the week. I have tried my best to arrange the childcare and have been as flexible as possible, but recently my husband changed his job and I can no longer do one of the couple of hours during the week and everything kicked off with this. And then she asked me to cover her for her hospital appointment, but I couldn't accept it as I had no childcare that time. She was fuming and now is trying to dismiss me because I can't be flexible any more. She has also cut more hours with my new contracted hours which was only verbal. Do I have any rights, or has she got right to dismiss me because I have childcare problems and can only do my set hours on two consecutive days?
I am currently on my 27th week of maternity leave I am due to return to work once my SMP ends. I made a request to my employer for flexible working hours a month ago. As of last week I have had no response and have issued another letter to chase a response as I need to book a plc at nursery etc. I have heard through employees that there was a contract review which was lost. At this time all employees were informed and there was an informal mention of redundancy. I have since been informed by a colleague that they have had a subsequent meeting to confirm there will be another contract review in January and no redundancies at this time. My question is this: What should I do re my employers lack of response to my requests (I assume they are waiting to review the work in a few weeks)? Also are they allowed to completely ignore the law and not respond until they want to? Can I be made redundant (I assume it would only be 1 or 2 jobs lost) and as the whole department will not be closing should I still have a job to return to after OML? And a similar job after AML? Also have I been discriminated against end if I was not informed of any loss of contract which could effect my job
I am currently on maternity leave, and have requested to go back part-time on my return to work. I first sent an informal email to my boss to enquire about requesting to work part time, and she replied straight back saying that this would not be possible. I then submitted a formal request to my boss following the procedure set out in my work's flexible working policy. My manager and I then arranged a meeting to discuss my request, in which she confirmed that working part-time is not an option. She has followed this up in writing, and the reasons given for refusing my request are: although the department has taken on a number of new staff of the same banding as me, this was in response to vacancies and additional funding to cope with the increased demand on the service; current part time staff are being asked to work additional hours as they are unable to cover the service on a regular basis with the current staff base and activity; they will be advertising for new staff of my banding in the next few weeks, and if any applicants request part-time hours they will consider them for a job share position with me (although she did not mention trying to recruit part-time staff specifically). I would like to appeal the decision, as I feel that my manager had already made up her mind before I had submitted my formal request. Do you think I have any grounds to do so? I have stressed to my manager that I am willing to be flexible in how many days I work, what days, and have also suggested working shorter days, but these have all been turned down.