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Florabeebaby Fri 05-Aug-11 17:45:27

I'm on maternity leave at the moment and the company director just called me to say that my job is at risk due to restructuring!!! I have been invited to a consultation meeting on Tuesday to discuss the situation...
Can they make me redundant whilst on maternity leave...my job role is going so I think yes but if any one can help??
AIBU to be crying over this?

InFlames Fri 05-Aug-11 17:50:52

Maybe post in jobs section? But from what I know yes they can, but only if others are in same boat etc. And same redundancy laws apply in terms of offering you chances to reapply for other suitable posts.

CustardCake Fri 05-Aug-11 17:57:53

Yes they can but they can't use your pregnancy or your maternity leave in the decision making process when they are judging which jobs will go and who will stay.

There are also additional rights for prenant women / women on maternity leave who are made redundant which may or may not help you. The law says that the company must give you preference for any alternative work that is suitable if it exists over and above other employees.

gethelp Fri 05-Aug-11 18:02:05

It's a shock to hear you might lose your job and so no, yanbu - cry away if it helps! Your world is in enough upheaval without this as well!

ZillionChocolate Fri 05-Aug-11 18:04:17

YANBU to be upset. No point crying though. Think my friend was made redundant by a solicitor whilst on maternity leave, so probably can be done.

WilsonFrickett Fri 05-Aug-11 18:08:35

The only 'right' you have really is to be treated the same way as everybody else. They can't be unfair just because you are on mat leave, but you are not specially protected either.

FWIW, I used to work in this kind of area and there is a set process for doing it well, which it sounds like your company is following, so first of all that's good news in that they seem to be treating you fairly.

What will have happened is that the other employees will have been told this face-to-face this afternoon, then given appointments for their consultation meetings after the weekend. The manager then gets on the phone to people who are on mat leave, long term sick, holiday and gives them the same information and arranges a consultation meeting for them.

At your consultation you should be given lots more information on your options (without knowing how big your firm is it's hard to be specific) but these could include volunteering for redundancy or being at risk of compulsory redundancy (they should give you a figure for any payment), alternative employment - ie a transfer within the company, the number of posts being cut vs the number of people in place (eg if there's ten people doing your job they may want to cut five posts, but five people might volunteer for redundancy so there is still a chance you could keep your job). They should also give you a letter explaining your options, and you will normally have 14 days to consider what you want to do.

It is totally normal to be shocked and upset. Take some time over the weekend to think about it, also I don't know if you've considered what you wanted to do after mat leave but it's worth putting that on the table (e.g. if you wanted to cut your hours that may work for the business too).

Sorry you've had such a shock and sorry this post is too long! There's an employment forum for further advice but I just thought it might be helpful to outline what the proper process is, and as I said it sounds like they're following this which is good.

MrsCarriePooter Fri 05-Aug-11 18:13:53

I would just add to WilsonFrickett's good post above that as you are on maternity leave you do actually get first dibs on any suitable alternative employment there may be available.

And no, you're definitely NBU to be crying, but take a deep breath and have a cuddle as soon as you can. Horrible stressful situation to be in for anyone.

WilsonFrickett Fri 05-Aug-11 18:27:29

Would just add that, even though I know the process inside-out and was involved in many announcements in my ex-employers I still cried absolute buckets when it was my turn to hear the news, so you are definitely NBU.

Florabeebaby Fri 05-Aug-11 18:56:52

Wilson, thanks so much for your long but informative post. Seems like they are doing everything as you said...a letter is in the post for me.
I've had a chat witht DH and he has reassured me, we will be ok whatever happens. Also, there are 33 jobs at risk and 21 other 'opportunities' so all is not lost yet.Ii think I just panicked a bit over it all...such a shock to get a phonecall like that.
I'll do what you said, think it through over the weekend and then speak to them on Tuesday.
Knackered now...DD asleep, waiting for dinner and a brew.

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