Request to reduce working hours after maternity leave.

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Found 16th Jun 2015
Hi Guys -

Tomorrow my partner is having a meeting at work with her boss to discuss her return work following maternity leave - she is very apprehensive as her boss is not at all child friendly and my partner is wanting to reduce her working hours so she is able to spend time with baby (her boss has no children of her own and is not sympathetic in the slightest towards working mums etc).

Her Maternity leave ends in August therefore tomorrow she is making her formal request to reduce her working hours from 5 full days to 4 full days.
I have attempted to do a formal letter in the hope that her boss is accommodating to her request - please can members take a look and see if it reads ok and if anything would be better added or removed .........
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Dear xxxxxxx

After much careful consideration I wish to return to work, following my maternity leave on a reduced hour’s basis.

Therefore please accept this letter as my formal request, under the statutory right to apply for flexible working – (The Employment Act of 2003), to reduce my number of working hours after the end of my maternity leave.

As a new mother, I am making this request after careful discussions with my family over available child care arrangements.

I would like to request to work 4 full days in future , as opposed to previously working 5 full days.

Due to available child care arrangements that my family are able to provide, I would like to request working Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays – a total of 30 hours per week.

I have worked for xxxxxx for a total of 12 years and given loyal service throughout that whole period.
I feel that my request is reasonable and my request to reduce my working hours would not have a detrimental impact on the working office environment, or effect the Business of xxxxxxx.

Kind Regards,
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I think that the request is fair and well presented. I think that providing that it is not detrimental to the business then I think that the request will be fulfilled.

I wish you the best of luck anyway
sounds good, and most work places would accommodate it

but i don't think she can pick the days she works, she can request it, but its up the employer to decide the days that most suit the business needs
Id speak to her and offer to put it in writing as needed
The statatory rights to apply for flexible working part my guess will wind her up if hes not child friendly
Thats my opinion from a friends experiences
If she has worked with the company that long they may be able to work something out
One of our friends was a rep for a company
Had child then left it till the last minute to tell them she only wanted 3 days not 5 on her return
In writing quoting facts like you have
Company declined wanting a full time member not part time
She now works elsewhere
Another who works at a large car dealership
Went on maternity and said a few months before returning she would like less hours as it was her first child
Shd had worked with them for i believe 8 years
Her boss sorted a few bits and dropped her to 4 days and gave the part time girl her extra day
Best tell the company sooner rather than later
Get her to say she would like 4 days and see what they come back with
Will be whats best for the company
Child friendly or not he may be a nice person about it
They are paying maternity and some dont go back to work after it stops
Good luck



Edited by: "Bradleigh" 16th Jun 2015
It's well written and worded, no problem there, but I agree with above; it's a little heavy handed at the beginning.

However, only you and your wife know a) the business needs and b) the bosses attitudes. If this is best approach to take or not only you can be sure of, but if there's no history to suggest it'll be a problem, popping in for a verbal meeting can go a long way. I've negotiated a couple of times for returning staff members, and only once was it a problem accomdating the requests (funnily enough about what days and hours to work).

So although I'm not saying it's wrong, it could be a little OTT depending on the company and manger concerned.

Good luck!
Bradleigh

Id speak to her and offer to put it in writing as neededThe statatory … Id speak to her and offer to put it in writing as neededThe statatory rights to apply for flexible working part my guess will wind her up if hes not child friendlyThats my opinion from a friends experiences



Agree with this, quoting this sort of thing would get my back up as well. Try the friendly, informal approach first. If that doesn't work then go back with this type of stuff.
Edited by: "ipswich78" 17th Jun 2015
take out statutory right and employment act.
espirit77

thought this sounded … thought this sounded familiarhttp://www.hotukdeals.com/tag/ask/right-for-woman-return-work-part-time-after-birth-child-2124104still not resolved?


Good spot! Reading that brings us full circle back to the last point made by the employer

"I am happy to agree to the holidays but i cannot – at the present time – agree to the working hours you propose for your return. As Jenny and I explained when we discussed your maternity entitlements, at the present time we feel that accommodating another part-timer in the department will make the department unworkable. HOWEVER the situation is always changing and when you are ready to come back to work next year, we would like you to approach us in a formal way and ask for the part-time hours you want."

In any case, its a bit late people giving advice now about the letter when the meeting is taking place today......
Edited by: "chocci" 17th Jun 2015
The working days will negotiable but what complements the needs of the business, therefore may need to be flexible but the fact your wife agrees to Monday and Friday is positive. I am sure she is aware of the the needs of the business. Equality is important in the workplace and your wife should not be disadvantaged having given many years good service. She should try and take some notes during the meeting or straight afterwards. she should get a letter in writing following the meeting, if she does not agree it is what was discussed she should reply ASAP. Good luck
Personally I don't the the letter is great, the quoting acts and regulations is a terrible first step and will most likely result in push back as it comes across as you're already trying to fight it. There's also a lot of repetition, it can probably be half the length and more effective.
Having an informal conversation with a willingness to be flexible about the day off would likely be more helpful.
Well here's the update following the meeting ....

As we thought, the boss basically said she needs to return on full time hours 5 days a week, there is no flexibility as the boss believes the role needs 1 person in the role 5 days.
The reason they gave was because the customers/clients need to have contact with just 1 person as they work in sales.
The reason I'm miffed is because the boss has barely ever showed any sign on being flexible despite her working for the company for 13 years.
Personally I think it's disgusting that they haven't tried to accommodate what surely is a reasonable request.
nick1981

Well here's the update following the meeting ....As we thought, the boss … Well here's the update following the meeting ....As we thought, the boss basically said she needs to return on full time hours 5 days a week, there is no flexibility as the boss believes the role needs 1 person in the role 5 days.The reason they gave was because the customers/clients need to have contact with just 1 person as they work in sales.The reason I'm miffed is because the boss has barely ever showed any sign on being flexible despite her working for the company for 13 years.Personally I think it's disgusting that they haven't tried to accommodate what surely is a reasonable request.




What to do if you think your employer isn’t being fairTalk to them first – … What to do if you think your employer isn’t being fairTalk to them first – it’s possible they just don’t know the rules. If this doesn’t work, you may need to make a complaint using your employer’s grievance procedure. Then, if you’re still not happy, contact your trade union if you have one or speak to a specialist at Acas or the Labour Relations Agency.

nick1981

Well here's the update following the meeting ....As we thought, the boss … Well here's the update following the meeting ....As we thought, the boss basically said she needs to return on full time hours 5 days a week, there is no flexibility as the boss believes the role needs 1 person in the role 5 days.The reason they gave was because the customers/clients need to have contact with just 1 person as they work in sales.The reason I'm miffed is because the boss has barely ever showed any sign on being flexible despite her working for the company for 13 years.Personally I think it's disgusting that they haven't tried to accommodate what surely is a reasonable request.



You would think it's disgusting as it's not the answer you want. It sounds from your OP that you already have issues with her boss (not having children / not child friendly etc..)

Maybe they don't need to try and accommodate your wife as they're not that bothered if she comes back or not?
nick1981

Well here's the update following the meeting ....As we thought, the boss … Well here's the update following the meeting ....As we thought, the boss basically said she needs to return on full time hours 5 days a week, there is no flexibility as the boss believes the role needs 1 person in the role 5 days.The reason they gave was because the customers/clients need to have contact with just 1 person as they work in sales.The reason I'm miffed is because the boss has barely ever showed any sign on being flexible despite her working for the company for 13 years.Personally I think it's disgusting that they haven't tried to accommodate what surely is a reasonable request.



Maybe she should start sending her CV off elsewhere. Having another offer lined up is a powerful bargaining chip. It's got me salary increases in the past. Reason being its cheaper and easier to keep someone who knows the job than to rehire and retrain.
espirit77

Maybe she should start sending her CV off elsewhere. Having another offer … Maybe she should start sending her CV off elsewhere. Having another offer lined up is a powerful bargaining chip. It's got me salary increases in the past. Reason being its cheaper and easier to keep someone who knows the job than to rehire and retrain.



if you only get salary increases when you threaten to leave, then you are in the wrong job anyway IMO oO
kjcoolcat

if you only get salary increases when you threaten to leave, then you are … if you only get salary increases when you threaten to leave, then you are in the wrong job anyway IMO oO



Well that was in the past where i had a horrible manager... every company / manager is different obviously.
Did your wife give them that confrontational letter, because I said that wouldn't work...
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