Hi all, just after a bit of advice or information about whether my employer is legally able to do what they're doing..
Ok so I returned to work 2 months ago from 6months maternity leave. I returned on the agreement (signed contract) that I would work part time (3days a week) for the first 2 months and would resume my full time position after that. As per my current contract I am to resume full time as of next week.
The problem I have is that 2 weeks ago my partner took on a FIFO job working 3 weeks on and 1 week off. My employer was the first to know about this as I had requested to take on a permanent part time position as working full time on my own would just be too much.
They gave me a decision today and have told me my request has been declined as 'they don't have any part time work available'. I am soo upset as next week, being my first week back working full time, is the week my partner will be back for the first time.
The way I see it, is that my employer should still have to offer me flexible working arrangements as my circumstances have now changed and I can no longer work full time with my little one.
I have been with this employer for 6 years and before my bub had even had worked my way up to team leader. Before leaving for maternity leave I did stand down from my position as I could not handle the hours and pressure of my role. So I believe I done them a favour as that move also was a massive downgrade in my wages!
Anyone have any thoughts or advice on my situation??