Sunday, 6 May 2012
Rights for Mums returning to work
A difficult decision can be made worse for Mums
I received an email from a pregnant Mum this week who was feeling very confused and upset by her employers regarding her returning to work after the birth of her baby. Usually getting nothing but praise and encouragement fro her bosses, all of a sudden since announcing her pregnancy they have begun to find fault with her work and are making her feel inadequate.
When discussing the possibility of her returning part time, the bosses have been giving her the impression that her position cannot be fulfilled in this capacity. So, where does this poor woman stand??
According to the Directgov website :
"When returning to work after Ordinary Maternity Leave (the first 26 weeks of your Statutory Maternity Leave), you have a right to the same job and the same terms and conditions as if you hadn’t been away.
This also applies when you come back after Additional Maternity Leave (the last 26 weeks of your Statutory Maternity Leave). However, if your employer shows it is not reasonably practical to return to your original job (eg because the job no longer exists) you do not have the same right. In that case, you must be offered alternative work with terms and conditions as if you hadn’t been away."And the advice I have given is to speak to the citizens advice bureau to find out more about where she stands. They have no right to make a person feel so inadequate and uncomfortable. It is all about negotiating what is best for everybody, rather than making people feel pushed out.
Good luck to the lady in question, make sure you fight for your rights ,as well as looking after yourself and your little baby!!