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I have been informed that there is a restructure happening at my workplace whilst I am on maternity leave. The restructure involves my current post / job description being changed and downgraded, although it will involve the management of more staff. I have been advised that I will need to register interest for a post (there are two posts available both on the lower band). I understand my pay may be protected for two years before being reduced to the lower band. Please can you advise whether this is classed as being less favourable or whether my employer is entitled to do this? Also I current work as a 0.8WTE, but on the new structure all of the posts are 1WTE. Am I entitled to remain as 0.8?
Legally while on maternity leave, any unfavourable treatment of a woman because she is on maternity leave is unlawful. A woman made redundant while on maternity leave must be offered any suitable alternative vacancy if the company has one, and you shouldn’t need to apply for it.