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I made an application for flexible working two months before I was due to return from maternity leave and my manager said my hours would be okay. Then the day before I was due back at work I was told I could not come back and I would need a meeting with HR to discuss my working hours. I was then not allowed to returned to work for 14 days whilst they made their decision despite me giving them 2 months notice of my intentions. They then offered me the hours I wanted to drop four hours a week by using my annual holiday for a trial period of three months, which I was told would be reviewed. The three months are now up and they had a meeting without me and have decided to take this away from me and won't offer me a reduction of hours. I have asked for this in writing and I have been told I would not be given any letter confirming my application has been turned down despite giving it a three-month trial. Informally they have said it is due to business impact. What are my rights? View full answer >

Answered by: Tracey Guest

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I am currently on maternity leave and am due to return back to work in the spring. Since being on leave the team has been moved around and I now report to a different business area. I am requesting to return part time. I feel since me being off I have been pushed aside to work under management I don't know and have not been kept up to date of any change.  I have just found out that the colleague I worked alongside and did the same role as, has had her role evaluated/been promoted to a senior manager since I have been off. This would mean an enhanced package overall but her role has not changed and is the same as my role. I have not received any notification of my role being evaluated and compensated accordingly. I feel I have been pushed aside due to being on maternity leave. I would like to bring this up, but am worried about  the implications  of this conversation with a new manager when I want to request flexible hours. HR has also advised me that if I didn't want to return they could look at a redundancy package even though I was told a week prior that there are no redundancies. I cannot help feel there is a hidden agenda here. View full answer >

Answered by: Katerina Gould

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I am a sales manager and applied for flexible working after maternity leave. I was told by my manager he would cover the travel aspects of my role. However, the request is being handled by someone higher up and they have rejected it on the grounds the role needed full-time hours and full travel commitments.  My new boss claims I need to travel 90% which is obviously impossible with a young baby. My maternity cover was employed as sales coordinator which is an office-based role, but this is not being offered to me which I have requested. Should I be offered this role? If I am forced to resign, can they keep my maternity person on in that role? I feel I am being pushed out as I understand they are looking to reduce the team. I have appealed against the decision. View full answer >

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