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    Default Discussing work hours on return from mat leave.

    Hi,

    I am going on mat leave in october and will have 14months. When I come back I would like to return with reduced hours (ideally I'd like to work in the office 3 days, at home for a day and have a day off so essentially a 4 day working week). I really dont care which days so am flexible with that.

    When do I need to discuss this, prior to my mat leave or closer to my return?

    *I work for com. govt if that helps and do have a great manager/team.

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    I work for state government, and agreed my part time hours (0.8 fte) before I went off on leave. I did this because three others in my team were on maternity leave and I knew they hadn't yet negotiated their return, so wanted to get in there first with my choice of non-work day. I'm glad I did this, as our director changed while I was off, and I don't know if the new director would have been so willing to sign off on the agreement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skips View Post
    I work for state government, and agreed my part time hours (0.8 fte) before I went off on leave. I did this because three others in my team were on maternity leave and I knew they hadn't yet negotiated their return, so wanted to get in there first with my choice of non-work day. I'm glad I did this, as our director changed while I was off, and I don't know if the new director would have been so willing to sign off on the agreement.
    The difficulty is my manager now, retires on Sept 30, and I go on my mat leave (hopefully) on Oct 22... Should everything go to plan you would think the new manager would be in place by then but it doesnt always seem to work like that! So maybe I should casually talk to my now manager and see what she thinks!

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    The restructure in my place (are you Qld too?) is another reason why I'm glad to have my part time agreement signed off. I don't go back for another 6 weeks.

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    Check your employment agreement - it should detail the time you need to have this discussion. My workplace it is 10 weeks prior to return. If you think your old boss is going to be more empathetic - have a discussion now - but your plans might change once baby arrives etc....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Raising Leprechauns View Post
    Check your employment agreement - it should detail the time you need to have this discussion. My workplace it is 10 weeks prior to return. If you think your old boss is going to be more empathetic - have a discussion now - but your plans might change once baby arrives etc....
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    Unfortunately it doesnt give a clear indication. Our EA only states that:

    On ending maternity, parental, adoption or fostering leave, an employee is entitled to return to their pre-leave duties; or if those duties no longer exist – an available job for which the employee is qualified and suited at the same classification and pay as applied prior to taking leave.

    In the part-time & working from home provision it states that your request must be submitted in writing and management have 3weeks (partime & 4 weeks working from home) to make a decision. For ALL employees. Until children turn 2 it does say that all reasonable requests for flexible working arrangements have to be considered and that:

    Requests will only be refused on reasonable business grounds.

    So really from that I would only need to give them a 3-4weeks notice for the arrangements I would like to come back to and hope that they agree. Seeing as I am organising daycare for 2 around them agreeing I think I would be more comfrotable approaching them mid way thru mat leave, if I havent already spoken to them before I go.


 

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