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Maternity Leave Job Changes

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I work as a Chartered Surveyor for the MoD and work in Germany I have recently returned to work from 26 weeks Mat Leave. During my leave, maternity cover was saught which started in April and I returned to work May 09. The person selected was told that i would not return for at least a year (not the case) and based on this took the job. I was called to a meeting to discuss my post a month before my return date to be told that I would be heading up a different area as I Should be on 'light duties'!! My agreement to the change was based on having it in writing and that my position would not be weakened should I accept. I recieved the Job description upon my return without any consultation there are a number of areas that are not the same and its much of a lesser role, I have objected to some of the changes I have spoken our HR professionals who suggest I go for a grievence (not worth the paper work). I feel totally sidelined I no longer manage staff I have been given a bigger part of the estate to manage from an impossible position which means lots of travel and my position within the office has been dramatically reduced.

Before mat leave, I covered the whole of Europe, my boss was absent from the office 80% of the time so I covered his role and I managed 6 staff locally and oversaw 6 others. A senior manager asked why did i accept the position and retort was that I felt I had little choice as the decission had been made! The person employed to cover my mat leave is now responsible for this role.....

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By mcstrac
04th Jun 2009 11:30

Hi Rachel

Sorry if i am being dumb but i didnt see what your question was. If it is " what can i do about this injustice?", then i would follow the advice of your HR dept i.e raise a grievance, because it IS worth the paperwork, if only because it helps you when you take them to tribunal.

I cannot remember, and i cant see the post as i am writing this, whether you said you returned after OML or AML, that has a difference on whether you have to go back to your original job (OML) or a suitable alternative (AML).

If you read this http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=1753 it should help you.

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By DeborahM
09th Jun 2009 16:18

Hi Rachel
I agree with Mcstrac you must raise a grievance, you should have had your job back or one of similar status, salary etc, you don't discuss this in the e-mail. The only way you can proceed is to exhaust the internal process, if that is unsuccessful you can claim in an ET.
You state you only had OML, 26 weeks, was that what you agreed prior to commencing your leave? I ask that because the person who is currently fulfilling your role has been told the position was for a year. Did you state you would/wouldn't be coming back? Did you return early?
Just go through any meetings/agreements and letters sent to you prior to leave, check you have complied with everything agreed, if not check you followed any legal/policy procedures and make all this clear in your grievance, that way you are sure of all your facts before you start the process.
Good Luck - Deborah

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