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Dear Theo - part time request

Discussion in 'Jobseekers' started by gld202, Mar 11, 2016.

  1. gld202

    gld202 New commenter

    Dear Theo,

    I have read your post about how to write a letter to request returning part time but I still have a couple of questions I'm hoping you can help me with...

    I've been on maternity leave since 01/12/15 and plan on returning to work in July. I moved counties to this school so was not entitled to SMP but got MA.

    Q1. When do I have to submit my request to return part time?

    Q2. Can I go back full time in July but request to go part time in September? (I know this would be cheeky but just wondered if it was possible!)

    Q3. Possibly most importantly am I entitled to request to go part time as I have only been employed by this LA since September?

    Thanks very much
  2. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    Congratulations on that new baby! And thank you for the nice neat numbered questions.

    Q1 As soon as possible, to allow the school to plan.

    Q2 Yes. :)

    Q3 Yes, after 26 weeks service with the employer. So start counting up the weeks - I make it fine, but you need to count them yourself to be sure.

    Best wishes

  3. senlady

    senlady Senior commenter

    Just a little aside about the returning in July bit.

    You may want to 'get your hand back in' for a week or so in July but if it is in order to have some funds again over the summer do remember that you do not need to leave your baby and do the work bit if you don't want to. You can declare yourself back to work on the first day of the summer hols on full-time pay and then return part time (if agreed) in September.

    I did this after 2 maternity leaves which was lovely. Just putting it here as I don't think everyone knows that is a possibility.
  4. gld202

    gld202 New commenter

    Thank you both for your replies, that's really helpful.
  5. TheoGriff

    TheoGriff Star commenter


    (The missing thumbs-up emoticon)


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