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I have just returned from maternity leave and my employer has rejected my flexible working application due to planned structural changes, stating that they are unable to agree any form of flexible working at this time due to the restructure. The restructure is currently very high level with new Directors being appointed and then other changes will filter down.  A major part of my role is to produce reports and while they are unable to tell me at the moment where my role will sit in the restructure it is imperative that these reports continue to be produced so I cannot see that my role can change a great deal. We have also been told that it is unlikely anybody's role will be changing and it was more likely that the only change we would see would be to our reporting Managers. They have said that we should have a better idea of the new structure for the team in the next few month. I have 14 days to appeal, but is there any way I am able to delay my appeal until I know categorically what is going to be happening with my role?  If not are they able to reject my appeal by saying they simply cannot consider any form of flexible working at this time? View full answer >

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I'm a first-time mum to a 15-month-old girl and am currently working part time two full days a week (9-4.30). My husband works shifts so he’s not very often home. My issue is the childcare for my daughter. It is becoming increasingly difficult and unreliable which is stressing me out every week. At the moment my husband’s aunt and nan shares childcare every Monday over my daughter, but times always vary according to my husband’s hours. Tuesdays is usually my mum, but she has a lot on her plate at the moment which means she can't do most Tuesdays. I've been told by my husband’s aunt and nan that the irregularity of hours on Monday is unsettling for my daughter which is stressing me out and I don't know how to stabilise this. I can't afford professional childcare, my current job is stressful and often keeps me running ragged all day, I rarely leave on time. I would love to find a job working from home, but feel I don't have the necessary skills (or I do but my confidence is at an all -time low) and I am profoundly deaf which restricts what I can do. I'm at my wits end. View full answer >

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I am currently 21 weeks pregnant. I have been at my current job for three months as a dental nurse/receptionist. I told them I was pregnant a couple of weeks ago and was asked "if I'm keeping it?" To which I asked if my job was safe and was told "I'm not sure you are on probation, but we might have to keep you on" which I knew to be inappropriate. I am a dental nurse re-registering with the GDC and whilst getting my information together I was contacted by Occupational Health. I phoned them and was informed I'm a non-respondent to the Hep b innoculation and that I should not work in surgery due to it being unsafe even though I shouldn't work in surgery until my GDC registration comes back anyway. I was called into the office a few days later and told I was a "surplus requirement" and that my job wasn't safe as I could not work in surgery and that they do not need two people on reception even though they arrange cover for me when I'm off work and always make sure there are two people on reception and told me a few days after this meeting that two people need to run reception. Where do I stand? 

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Answered by: Rebecca Harmer

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