Forced into different location after maternity leave.

(7 Posts)
Estilou Mon 31-Oct-16 20:59:45

I work for a large company. I have commenced conversations regarding my return to work. It hasn't been said outright yet but I have a feeling they want me to change my location possibly up to 20 miles away. This is with 2 sets of childcare impossible. I will have taken a full year off. What are my rights? I know I am only entitled to a simular job but how simular is it if it's in a totally different place. Please give views and help.

ClassmateHB Mon 31-Oct-16 21:00:59

It entirely depends on your contract. Mine have in the past had a clause that says they can with notice change my place of work to any of their sites within a 25 mile radius.

ClassmateHB Mon 31-Oct-16 21:02:03

Ah just read that you're back after the additional three months unpaid maternity. In that case I think they just need to make a provision for a similar job, but 20 miles away would be seen as within acceptable parameters I think.

chocolateshortcake Wed 02-Nov-16 00:55:06

Im in the same situation. My office closed altogether during my leave and I had the choice of going to other locations all between 35 and 40 miles away. sad

user1471950254 Wed 02-Nov-16 11:23:33

I think you need to check your employment contract/HR manual for information of commuting. My current and previous employers have all had a notice period of one week to change work location to anything up to 40 miles. For some the mileage was measured from current work location or home but it was always clear and built into my contract. If that's the case for you then your return from mat leave is irrelevant

hutchblue Thu 03-Nov-16 13:26:02

www.gov.uk/employer-relocation-your-rights

worksmart.org.uk/work-rights/pay-and-contracts/location/my-department-being-relocated-new-offices-25-miles-away-what

www.officespace.co.uk/docs/moving-guides/hr-employment-law.pdf

Estilou Mon 07-Nov-16 19:27:16

Thank you hutch blue this has some useful points. It would effect my daughter education because her school is near my work so I would have to look at relocating her to the new direction I may have to drive. Also there is a point about it being discrimination against those with others to care for. I did think same as other post above that I didn't have a leg to stand on but perhaps I do.

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