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When my employer tried to find a cover for my maternity leave [less than 26 weeks], the person they found was a much older (more experienced and qualified) person than I am so first of all he was offered higher pay. Then they decided to retain him on my return (which is fine by me as the work load is high), but a result of that was that some parts of my work (the ones I found more interesting and challenging) are being given to him, and also we will now become a little team and my role is to now report to him so he's become my line manager. I'm not particularly comfortable with this and I feel cheated slightly. I have yet to accept the new job description, as I would like to know my position on this first.
Answered by: Crystal Bolton
As you have only taken Ordinary Maternity Leave (“OML”) of 26 weeks, you are entitled to return to the same job in which you were employed before your absence. Your… View full answer >
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Answered by: Emma Wellard
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Answered by: Des Desai
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Answered by: Tracey Guest
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