Counter offer to flexible working request: ask the expert

I have been working full time as a teacher for six years and am due to return to work after maternity leave. I have requested to reduce my hours to 0.6 of the working week. My headteacher has come back and offered me 0.4 on a permanent contract and 0.2 on a temporary 12-month contract. He says this is due to budget problems. Is this allowed?

If somebody returns from maternity leave and requests to work flexibly, i.e. reduce their hours, then the employer can come back and make a counter offer which is what your head teacher has done.

If you do not want to accept this, then you are entitled to return to the same position that you were undertaking including the same number of hours prior to going on maternity leave.

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