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Going back to a new role where do I stand

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Liveinthepresent Tue 21-Jan-14 18:44:02

My employer is in the process of restructuring - so I will in effect go back from my 6 months mat leave to a different role - which makes sense and I am ok about in principle as I have no reason to think I am not being treated fairly.
I just would like to know where I stand if for example this role turns out to require different terms such as overseas travel - does the fact that I took six months leave count for anything or would that be irrelevant if I have accepted the new role?

Speccymummy Tue 21-Jan-14 19:04:46

I think if you take a new role as a result of a restructure that represents a fundamental change to your terms and conditions or job, you will be entitled to a trial period, at the end of which if you aren't happy with the role, you will still be entitled to redundancy. The trial period starts when you start the role, i.e. after you return from maternity leave. The main thing is that your employer consults with you about the change and follows the right procedure. As you are on maternity leave you have additional rights over any roles in the new structure that are similar to the one you hold currently.

Liveinthepresent Tue 21-Jan-14 19:54:01

Thanks speccy I am officially back but taking annual leave. There has been no consultation - all very casual.
But if its not realistic for me to do with 2 young DCs I would love to think they had to offer redundancy - could be the right time.
Not sure how to play it - how can I get detailed advice without incurring legal fees do you think ?

Speccymummy Tue 21-Jan-14 20:23:16

If you're on annual rather than maternity leave now, I think that means you'll no longer have a higher claim than colleagues on any similar roles. I understand what you mean about redundancy seeming like a good option at the moment, but I would bear in mind that it's easier to secure part time hours when you're already employed so I'd weigh up what seems like a good plan now with whether you'd like to return to work in the next few years. I think your role is always at risk of redundancy if it no longer exists and then you would be made redundant if there are no suitable alternative roles in the new structure. Something like travel could make a role unsuitable for you. For more detailed and specific advice I think Acas could be good - and perhaps your HR dept if you have one.

Liveinthepresent Sat 25-Jan-14 11:30:07

Thanks again speccy sorry for time lag - less time for MN now am at work again!
You give good advice.
I think I was just feeling really overwhelmed with the pressure of being back at work - I am going to be optimistic that it will get easier and I will cope with the new role but make sure I know what my options are if it does not work.
I think redundancy is unlikely in reality as I have worked there a long time.

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