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manager not being supportive whilst on mat leave

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ledkr Tue 25-Oct-11 08:42:59

Hi. I am currently in month 9 of mat leave and am intending to go back in January.this is mostly as my baby has to have surgery in 3 weeks and i need to be with her for her recovery.
My manager has made no atempt to contact me in any way the entire time.
I have rang him twice to updste him and discuss my return including using some kit days to update my madatory training and other annual updates such as showing driving documents etc. He made an appointment for me to go in one day but when i checked the secretary he had arranegd meetings on the day i was going to see him.
It is a fairly new job. I work in social services but was re located there when my department closed. Im not that keen on the job as it is,it has moved locations whilst i was off so is now abour 10 more travelling miles and i have to work in an open office with a lady i made a complaint about a few yrs ago as well. His reluctance to help me is making it even harder to imagine going back.
What shall i do now? I was thinking of arranging to go in for a day to book training,show docs etc. but how do i get paid for kit days if the manager isnt interested. How do i go about this the best way? I dont want to make any fuss cos im dreading going back as it is,this is hardly helping.

Grevling Tue 25-Oct-11 11:58:15

You're not the first person to experience this but without sounding too harsh it's probably because you're not his biggest priority at the moment as you are out of sight and out of mind. While deal with something today you can put off until tomorrow etc.

Speak to the secretary and get her to arrange a firm date to go in and show docs and make sure she's knows not to double book him.

As for KIT days check your mat docs as to if you get paid for them or not.

KatieMortician Tue 25-Oct-11 12:09:05

Hang on, he made an appointment with you and you then checked with someone else and didn't go in??

I'm not sure what you're expecting from him (and I say that as someone who had a rough time during maternity leave). You've obviously had some communication and response - I think you need to keep the appointments made and see what happens.

hairylights Tue 25-Oct-11 12:11:15

My understanding is that you are not entitled to do KIT days if the employer doesn't want you to, just as they are not entitled you to force you to do it.

Also, there is no requirement for them to pay you for KIT days - it is by negotiation (or contractual).

They do need to keep in touch with you about any important changes in the workplace (redundancy, restructure etc).

flowery Tue 25-Oct-11 13:44:05

What everyone else said. Not sure I'd count this as not being 'supportive' or being 'reluctant' in any way. What contact were you expecting? Genuine question.

Make another appointment in his diary to go in for a chat and to ask about KIT days. You're not entitled to either do these or to be paid for them but it sounds sensible in your case.

cat64 Tue 25-Oct-11 14:13:00

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