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Maternity leave and redundancy

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by gavcradd, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    If someone is on (or preparing to go on) maternity leave, do they get any additional rights in terms of not being selected for redundancy? Surely it wouldn't be fair to make someone on maternity leave redundant as they wouldn't have a job to go back to once the maternity leave had ended, hence they wouldn't be able to keep the additional maternity pay that they would otherwise have had?
    Also, if a post in one subject is made redundant, but there is a vacant post in another subject that the teacher is willing to move to, can the head block this? E.g. someone in Science being made redundant but offering to move to Maths which has a vacancy?
     
  2. gavcradd

    gavcradd New commenter

    If someone is on (or preparing to go on) maternity leave, do they get any additional rights in terms of not being selected for redundancy? Surely it wouldn't be fair to make someone on maternity leave redundant as they wouldn't have a job to go back to once the maternity leave had ended, hence they wouldn't be able to keep the additional maternity pay that they would otherwise have had?
    Also, if a post in one subject is made redundant, but there is a vacant post in another subject that the teacher is willing to move to, can the head block this? E.g. someone in Science being made redundant but offering to move to Maths which has a vacancy?
     
  3. ilovesooty

    ilovesooty Lead commenter

    "Your employer can make you redundant while you are on maternity leave
    if they can fairly justify their choice. For example, your employer
    might close the section of their business that you normally work in and
    make all employees in that section redundant. Then your employer can
    make you redundant as well.
    However, if your employer makes staff
    cuts across the company, they cannot make you redundant because you are
    on or are about to take maternity leave.
    If you are made redundant
    whilst on Statutory Maternity Leave then you have special rights. You
    have the right to be offered any suitable alternative job in the
    company. This is even if there are other employees that might be more
    suitable for the job. If you are offered a new job, you are still
    entitled to the four-week trial period, which should start when you
    return from Statutory Maternity Leave."

    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/Parents/Moneyandworkentitlements/WorkAndFamilies/Pregnancyandmaternityrights/DG_175088
     
  4. DaisysLot

    DaisysLot Senior commenter

    Redundancy makes the post no longer needed and surplus to requirements.... not the person. It's more that the person in said post is affected.
     

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