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RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 17-May-10 11:02:54

Want to know more about your employment rights?

Are you are currently on maternity leave and want to better understand your rights? Or are you worried about redundancy? Or perhaps you?re working full-time and want to know if you have the right to ask to work part-time? Which? Legal Service could help.

Which? Legal Service offers unbiased expert legal advice from our team of qualified lawyers and employment advisors. Because they are part of Which?, they take no advertising or sponsorship and are completely independent, not for profit and a registered charity. Their profits go directly into our campaigning work to help fight for consumer rights.

Which? team of lawyers are on hand to answer your employment legal queries.
Post your comments and questions here by Wednesday 24th May and they will do their best to answer as many questions as possible.

Herecomestheninkynonk Fri 28-Jan-11 08:36:55

The company I work for have refused my application to return to work part time following maternity leave.

Another mum in the same position as me worked part time until her children were at school. Work have advised me the role has now changed and this is no longer appropriate. (I would argue the role hasn't changed significantly).

My son is disabled. Does this allow me any extra rights? Could this be disability discrimination?

RibenaBerry Tue 08-Jun-10 14:25:48

Swansea, this has closed now. I suggest you start a separate thread...

swanseajacks Tue 08-Jun-10 14:16:18

My company is going through a restructure. One job out of our immediate team has disappeared. My position is the one they have elected to make redundant. I have been offered an alternative role but management insist I have to be in office 100% of time when my contract allows me to work some of the time from home so I can meet my childcare commitments. Do I have to accept? What happens if I turn it down? To make things more complicated, one of my colleagues has elected to retire, leaving a position still vacant in my immediate team. Should they offer this role to me considering it is more suitable to me in terms of hours? I suspect management will insist that this role too will now need to be performed 100% from office because they have been difficult about my flexible working since I returned from mat leave in March. They told me my old role had changed (which it hasn't) and could no longer support my flex working and moved me to this new role (which has now been made redundant) citing that this could support my flexi working. I suspect all along they want to abolish my flexible working. Can they do this?

PercyThrowerYouRock Thu 03-Jun-10 20:15:30


LeninGrad Wed 02-Jun-10 19:22:44

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RachelMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 02-Jun-10 14:08:52

Sorry for delay in getting back to those of you who were chasing the answers. The team have now answered your questions and you can see them on the archive page Many thanks to all who sent in their questions.

DancingHippoOnAcid Tue 01-Jun-10 19:05:14

Well, that all turned out to be a bit of a let down.

purepurple Thu 27-May-10 18:25:57

What's happening with the answers?

onadietcokebreak Thu 27-May-10 14:23:16

Mumsnet HQ? any info on when replies are expected?

FutureMum Wed 26-May-10 15:03:09

Does anybody know when we are getting the answers? Or has this been postponed?

RibenaBerry Wed 26-May-10 13:39:50


chocolateme Wed 26-May-10 13:00:05

I think Flowery & Ribena are just fab!!! gringrin

ceeebeee Mon 24-May-10 10:04:05

During the consultation period of my redundancy I was advised by ACAS to lodge a formal grievance about me not having a meaningful consultation (questions were not answered until the last possible moment so that I couldn't actually ask any further questions on the answers given) - taking care to label all correspondence as such- so that they would meaningfully consult with me before my redundancy was made final. I received a reply saying that they were not going to accept it as a grievance and instead would accept it as an appeal (even though the redundancy was not yet final). They also said that I was not allowed to use any of the issues I'd raised as grounds for a further appeal. When I questioned the fairness of this, they said that they'd done this after taking legal counsel.

Are they allowed to take away my right to appeal before the redundancy is final?

aarghhelp Mon 24-May-10 09:27:04

Is`that Weds 26th May or Mon 24th May?

angrybird Sat 22-May-10 19:39:00

My employer has adopted the policy that if anyone wants to reduce their hours from full time to part time they must drop down to a half post (17.5 hours per week). There is no flexibility around this. Also, the other half of the post is gone once someone takes it up. We are not able able to reduce hours for a period of time, then resume full time later on.

This is a change of policy from them and I wonder whether they are safe legally to do this. Any advice would be much appreciated.

flowerybeanbag Sat 22-May-10 13:56:36


I think I need to hide this thread it's frustrating me too much!

[needs to get a life emoticon]

MillieMummy Sat 22-May-10 13:39:13


Have found out recently that I am at risk of redundancy. My post is going to be cut as the loss of it is seen as not a big risk to the organisation. The reason it is not going to be a risk is that some parts of my work - including what is defined as my primary job function on my JD - have been given to two new posts which were created about 12 months ago.

At the time the new posts were created I asked a few questions, although not formally, and I was given vague, verbal re-assurance that my role was still clear. In hind-sight I would have asked for written confirmation of the affect of the new posts on my future position in the organisation, but hind-sight is a wonderful thing.

Where do I stand; is it too late to do anything? The two new posts are filled by women so not sexual discrimination. I have worked for the organisation for 15 years and have a perfect employment record.

Thanks - have been wondering who to get advice from.

justamoment Sat 22-May-10 08:54:15

Hi, I want to employ my currently unemployed sister (who herself is a parent) as my part-time nanny. Please can you advise me on tax responsibilities etc - is it correct that she cannot be self-employed as a nanny, as I have read on some websites?

Thanks for any advice.

purepurple Sat 22-May-10 08:04:09

If I work overtime can my employer insist that I get time back instead of extra pay?
I work in a day nursery with around 20 members of staff. The manager insists that we all have to attend staff meetings after work and open days and fun days on a weekend.The hours are then added up and we can take time off. Except, because the manager has to maintain ratios it is very difficult to actually take the time that is owing (and I am not convinced that the tally kept is accurate). Can I ask for the extra hours as pay instead?

LeninGrad Fri 21-May-10 15:01:51

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

cymrumam Fri 21-May-10 12:02:40

I am employed on a full time contract from tuesday to saturday - so hence it is very rare that my working week falls on a bank holiday. I queried this a couple of years ago as my colleague works mon to friday and had the same holiday entitlement obviously got all the bank holidays off and they upped my holiday entitlement from 20 to 24 days as a result.

My original contract states
"You will be entitled to 20 days holiday per annum "

"You are entitled to all recognised public holidays in England and Wales.

Such holidays shall be granted with full pay"

Should I therefore now be entitled to 28 days plus bank holidays ? Or is it as I get now 24 days plus relevant bank holidays when they fall on a working day?

ceeebeee Thu 20-May-10 21:50:49

A colleague and I, both on maternity leave, have been made redundant. I am convinced that we were targeted specifically, though of course the company deny this. When I asked to see my scores, I realised, firstly, that there were some selection criteria that the employee rep (>20 jobs went in company in total) had not made me aware of, and secondly, that there were selection criteria such as current need/business need. I scored really low on this - obviously wasn't working on any projects while on maternity leave, so my manager had to give me a score based on whether they felt the business needed me. I can't see how this is an objective criterion - is this fair?

They also had been deducting my childcare vouchers from my SMP - I queried this before my redundancy and it was only after I appealed my redundancy and added this to the appeal that they've agreed to refund this money, though they're saying that I'm at fault because I still wanted childcare vouchers while on maternity leave. Is this true? They're also wanting to tax this money - if this is a childcare voucher payment surely it isn't meant to be taxed?

coveredinsnot Thu 20-May-10 21:10:15

If I am undergoing medical tests (e.g. with a cardiologist) am I obliged to tell my employer about this, even before test results come through? And once they do come through, am I obliged to tell them about the results as well?
Thanks so much.

LeninGrad Thu 20-May-10 19:10:59

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

RibenaBerry Thu 20-May-10 13:43:31


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