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refused 3 days after maternity leave

Discussion in 'Pay and conditions' started by lelliott2, May 16, 2017.

  1. lelliott2

    lelliott2 New commenter

    Hi all,

    I have requested I return to work 3 days per week (I was ft) when I return in Jan after a year of maternity leave. I am a music specialist in a primary school and only teach music (the class teachers are there too, I am not PPA cover). I am salaried and employed as a teacher, not a peripatetic teacher. I have written a proposal for my head asking for 3 dyas a week and detailing a timetable in which I am able to complete my role within these 3 days. It has been rejected because he said if he lets me work 3 days then he will feel obliged to give others 3 days if they request it. He has no issue with my timetable and has offered 4 days per week instead but I want 3. Is he being unreasonable?? I feel frustrated. Advice? Is he right to consider other staff members' possible future requests?
  2. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

  3. GLsghost

    GLsghost Star commenter

    I'm not an expert, @Piranha - but it is my job! ;)

    The link above will provide much of the response you need.

    In the way that this HT has responded to your request, however, there may be an indirect sex discrimination complaint. You will need to ask your union to look at the facts.

    The objective justification must be for the refusal of 3 days and the attempted imposition of 4. 'Everyone will want it' is not one of the eight objectively justifiable reasons for refusal.
  4. Piranha

    Piranha Star commenter

    More expert than me anyway! But I do seem to be getting more of them right after reading so many of your posts.
  5. frustum

    frustum Star commenter

    His reason isn't valid. It's also pretty stupid: if your teaching can fit into three days, why would he want to pay you for four?
    If anyone else applies in the future, he makes the business case if applicable - and for a class teacher he's going to find that rather easier. "You gave lelliott 3 days" will not count for anything, as (a) each application is considered on its own merits, and (b) you are not in the same role as other staff.
    I suspect that once you follow the formal procedures, he will get some HR advice and back down.

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