Returning to work after having a child can be daunting for new mothers, who might be worried about balancing their career with childcare responsibilities.
It’s your employer’s duty to make your return to work as smooth as possible and, if necessary, offer you working arrangements that fit your needs – such as flexible working.
Flexible working allows you to alter your working hours around your requirements.This is particularly useful for parents, as you can adapt your working hours to suit your family commitments.
By law, all employees who have at least 26 weeks of service with their employer and haven’t already made a similar request in the last 12 months can ask for flexible working arrangements, including:
In a society where individuals have multiple commitments inside and outside of work, it’s become necessary for employers to adapt their practices to the needs of their staff. Offering flexible working makes good business sense as it:
For more information on how to request flexible working hours and what to do if your request gets denied, download our full Guide for Working Mums here
Sometimes, employers can forget that new – and existing – mothers are an integral part of their workforce. At Simpson Millar, we fight for the rights of new mothers who have been denied flexible working requests due to unfair treatment or discrimination.
Your rights and your voice shouldn’t be ignored. Contact us today to discuss your options.
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*Linda Stewart is Partner and Head of Employment Law at nationwide firm, Simpson Millar Solicitors. An accredited mediator, Linda has over 15 years’ experience specialising in Employment Law and is an expert in advising and representing women experiencing difficulties in the workplace.
Linda advises on all aspects of employment relationships, but specialises in gender discrimination; supporting working women to challenge pregnancy and maternity discrimination, sexual orientation discrimination, unfair dismissal or redundancy, and equal pay issues.
Linda supports women to tackle these tricky situations; she understands the lasting effect pregnancy and maternity discrimination can have on a woman’s income and career development