Well this is kind of a long story, so I will try to abbreviate.
I was with my employer 2 weeks short of 1 year when I went on maternity leave. Worked until 4 days before my son was born. The pregnancy was unplanned and I spoke to my employer on numerous occasions to see if I was going to have a job when I wanted to come back. I received many assurances that they would always need a customer service supervisor and yes I would still have a job.
They let me go on leave, and they have been paying my government maternity leave for the last 3 months. So now technically I have been employed by them for over 12 months.
As it turns out, the company has really liked the person that I hired to fill my role under a 4 month contract. Last week they called and said that they were going to offer me a 6 month contract working on SAP as this is my specialty but they need someone more customer service focused since the SAP integration is done now.
i am meant to go back the first week of April and the they have called me to tell me that they no longer have a job for me. They are going to be keeping my replacement on. But they have not told me how they are letting me go and I am super confused not to mention gutted.... I worked so many hours of unpaid overtime for these people and did EVERYTHING they asked an then some, but that's another story I suppose.
My questions are, if anyone can help...
if I have never been spoken to about poor performance, can they "fire" me without warning while I am on mat leave?
am I technically employed for 12 month even if I was on leave for the last month, meaning that if they want to make me redundant am I entitled to a payout?
Can they make me redundant and keep my contract replacement on full time but simply retitle the role to customer service manager if the functions are the same?
thanks for reading if you have made it this far. I would really appreciate any information people can offer if they have been in a similar situation.