I'm currently on maternity leave and there is a proposal currently in its consultation phase where my role has been 'removed'. The positions available for me to apply for would all mean an effective demotion and reduction in pay. Can my employer do this? In addition, I was told that a position that was available whilst on maternity leave was full-time and could not be part time. I now discover that that is not true and someone is doing that role in 4 days (I also work 4 days, so would have applied for the role had I known). Where do I stand with this?…
I am currently on maternity leave. I was on a fixed-term contract, which came to an end while I was pregnant and my employer extended it until the day my maternity leave started. My employer has offered me my old job back, on a part-time basis, but the hourly rate of pay is 20% lower than it was previously. Can they do this?…
Am I entitled to use up the rest of my holiday entitlement before I go on maternity leave?…
I'm currently on maternity leave, but I'm feeling under pressure from my employer. Before my maternity leave I was working in a seconded role and had been for over 3 years. Prior to that I was in a temp role 'acting up' from my substantive position.
My seconded role is due to come to an end (although I've not had confirmation when this will end yet). When this does eventually end, I will return to the department I came from (where I performed both my substantive and acting up role).
However, HR have informed me by letter that the department has been restructured and there are now two roles which are suitable for me (my original/substantive role and the role which I acted up to for two years prior to my secondment as it's now become a permanent position).
There is a substantial difference in salary between the two positions.
HR have said that there are only two people eligible to apply, me and the person currently 'acting up' to the role in question. Both our substantive roles are the same.
HR now want me to go in for an interview as both myself and the other person have said we would like the higher role.
As I'm currently on maternity leave, I don't feel emotionally, mentally or physically ready to attend an interview. Bearing in mind it's been almost 4 years since I was in the role and the department for which I will be interviewed for.
I'm breastfeeding my baby who isn't yet five months old and who rarely sleeps more than half an hour at any one time, meaning I'm struggling to find any time to prepare for an interview. Not to mention 'baby brain' which frequently sees me forget what I'm talking about half way through a sentence!
The thought of an interview at this time really worries me. The job I will be applying for requires a level headed, confident and resilient person, all of which I'm not feeling at this time. I'm certain attending an interview at this time will disadvantage me.
HR did line a date up for me, but I got so stressed about it, not having any time to prepare, I cancelled it, saying that the extra stress being applied to me was not helpful whilst on maternity leave and suggested the interviews be held closer to my return date (eight months away).
HR then left it a month before contacting me again to advise that they'll be writing to me again in a couple of months with a new date and that "I should appreciate that without the interviews, instability remains within the team". This makes me feel even more pressure is on me to attend an interview which I'm not prepared for.
I don't know why HR are pressing for me to attend an interview whilst I'm on maternity leave - the situation has been the same for the last four years, so their timing is questionable.
I fear that if I attend at this current time when I'm ill prepared, my reputation will be damaged within the organisation and I will not only not get the position I'm interested in, but this will affect my career within the organisation.
Do I legally have to attend an interview whilst on maternity leave and what are my rights?
I was due to return to work after 6 months, but my employer told me that they now require me to travel extensively (at least one week abroad per month). I do not feel able to do this so I extended my maternity leave by another 3 months.
I have asked for some flexibility and have stated I would like a solution everyone is happy with, but they have said that if I return full-time I must travel and a travel plan for the next 3 months will be implemented.
(There is nothing in my contract about extensive travel).
The company is a small organisation and would benefit from someone being able to travel, but with a new baby I am not in a position to do this.
Please can you let me know what my rights are regarding this. I want to be fair to the organisation, however I also want to ensure I am treated fairly in return.…