I work as a receptionist at a privately run dental practice and I don't know if I am being overly sensitive because I am preggers or...but in the last couple of months my boss has turned into a right arse to say the least. He's done nothing but made me feel inadequate at my job; he even complained when I had to attend an early scan due to spotting because I hadn't given him "sufficient" notice. I returned to work yesterday after having been signed off sick by the doc. I couldn't believe the changes....there always seem to be a new rule implemented daily. The manager who never works Mondays had been asked in to work reception and so I spent the whole day sitting there looking like a lemon because there's nothing else I could do since it's such a small practice. I felt humiliated! Like I am not good enough. I just can't wait to leave! Just biding my time until I go on maternity leave which unfortunately won't be until May.
Hmm tough one. Did you ask why your colleague came in to do reception? Were they not expecting you back? You are entitled to time off for scans so he should keep his grumbles to himself. I would keep a written note of everything just in case you need to make a formal complaint.
@lightcola yeah! I asked if she was just here half of the day turned out the boss wanted her in the full day and as there's only one function computer in reception I found I kept getting booted off for her to use it. Yeah I think I might start keeping a note.
@thelittlethingz yeah I plan to actually. I think he's hoping I get fed up and leave without actually having to sack me because it's against the law. I have reduced my hours on a temp. basis to just have days so just can't stand being in the environment.
@lilliannrose I don't blame you I would Feel exactly the bloody same!!! What a disgusting person to try and make you feel that uncomfortable that you have to hand your notice in, his karma will come!!! Soon you will be out of there with your lovely little baby! Beat his ass with Acas xxx
@cautiousoptimist1 oh really? How does it impact on my maternity pay as it's only a temporary thing. Planning to go back full time in the new year when I enter my second trimester and start feel more normal hopefully.
Maternity pay is dependent on your normal pay for the first 6 weeks, assuming you are on statutory. If you are anything higher, then it's even more important. Have a look at www.gov.uk/maternity-pay-leave/pay
HeadDreamer has provided the link. Your first 6 weeks of SMP will be based on an average weekly salary calculated by your employer. That is based on a period of at least 8 weeks before the qualifying week which I think is week 25 so hopefully you'll be ok going back to FT hours after Xmas. I didn't mean to alarm you, it's just something to consider.
I can't tell from what you've written OP so if it's not the case please ignore me - but if you were planning to quit the job straight after your maternity leave, and your employer pays occupational maternity pay (in addition to statutory maternity pay) then you may want to check there isn't a clause in your contract requiring you to return to work for a set period of time after your maternity leave in order to qualify for the company's occupational maternity pay - many companies will tie you in to returning from maternity leave for a minimum period of time (e.g. 3 months) otherwise you would have to pay back any occupational maternity pay you've received. This doesn't apply to statutory maternity pay which they are required to pay unconditionally provided you are eligible - so, again, if you are only going to receive SMP please ignore me! Just thought I'd point it out in case.
Would also second that going to ACAS for advice would be a good shout. I work in HR so have a lot of dealings with ACAS and they're very good.
Please bear in mind you can be made redundant if you are pregnant (not because you are). I was! However if you are and you are past a certain number of weeks, the company still have to pay your maternity pay. They can claim something like 90% of it back from the government.
Constructive dismissal is hard to prove. Try to ride it out till May. Good luck.