This is my first pregnancy and I have been having a few health problems already (I am currently 17wks pregnant). At work, I am in a senior position (one step up from entry level, one step down from team leader). The position and the lower position are not salary, but an hourly rate. My contract currently says I have to work 76 hours per fortnight.
My work are starting to talk about reducing my hours, and I kind of agree as I have been struggling to work full time as it is. If work make me decrease my hours, do they have to make me step down to entry level (thus loss of responsibility and the loss of higher hourly rate)?
Has anyone had any experience in this? Will decreasing my hours now, affect my maternity leave? I have worked there for 18 months full time, and am entitled to paid leave by them. I dont want to step down in my senior role, even though I am struggling to work, I know that I want to head in a management career path and stepping down now would ruin some of my chances for the future.
Basically, can they make me step down because I am reducing my hours because I am pregnant? Or can they only decrease my hours, but I have to get paid the same hourly rate?