I'm just a little worried and confused.
I'm currently working full time, 40 hours per week, 5 days per week, and all the usual sick leave and annual leave entitlements.
I'm due to start maternity leave mid February and have told my work (as it is my first baby), i'm unsure of my circumstances and what I may or may not want to do afterwards, so would prefer not to have to make a decision yet. However it would definitely be a part-time basis to begin with around the 6-8 month mark.
Anyway, they were happy with that and decided to start looking for a replacement early (incase it is a long process) and have a 1-2 month overlap for training (a long time I know, but they want to be ultra careful).
I did the interviews with the director and we have appointed someone already who will start in December. (2 1/2 months overlap!!).
He told her in the interview that even though it is a 12 month contract, there is a high probability that there will be a full-time position available at the end depending on my circumstances and workloads but there will be shuffling around.
Anyway, they sent out a letter of offer for her to sign, and not once in this letter of offer is it mentioned that this is a 12 month contract!!! They have pretty much offered her a permanent job!! MY JOB!!!!!!!!
My boss keeps telling me not to worry, there will be room when i decide to come back, things will be shuffled around and they will look after me. But what if i want MY JOB back??? Don't I have a right for my position to be on hold for me for 12 months??????!!!!! Shouldn't she be the one who is "shuffled around" when I come back???????
I don't understand the system and don't know my rights. I'm very upset at the moment, and am almost just thinking of forgetting the whole thing and just leaving and finding a job closer to home after baby is born anyway!!