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    Hi,

    Wasn't sure where to post this...

    I've been working for a company now for over 3 months. The company were looking for someone (turned out to be me) as an employee of theirs was going on maternity leave for 9 months.

    However, this wasn't mentioned in the advert/contract; I'm a permanent employee.

    It's possible that she may return from maternity leave and I'm worried about my position. There's currently 4 of us in the team and having 5 I don't think is currently likely.

    Could they ask me to leave if she came back? I wasn't hired to cover the maternity leave per se, but I was in reality.

    I feel I've made a good impression thus far. But aren't they obligated to offer her her old job back?

    Thanks
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    (Original post by CaptainDarling)
    Hi,

    Wasn't sure where to post this...

    I've been working for a company now for over 3 months. The company were looking for someone (turned out to be me) as an employee of theirs was going on maternity leave for 9 months.

    However, this wasn't mentioned in the advert/contract; I'm a permanent employee.

    It's possible that she may return from maternity leave and I'm worried about my position. There's currently 4 of us in the team and having 5 I don't think is currently likely.

    Could they ask me to leave if she came back? I wasn't hired to cover the maternity leave per se, but I was in reality.

    I feel I've made a good impression thus far. But aren't they obligated to offer her her old job back?

    Thanks
    They aren't obligated have to give her that specific job, but they have to allow her to return to a job of the same level.

    They could ask you to leave if she came back - your length of service would mean you wouldn't be as protected as other staff. Redundancy could be a fairly easy option given the size of the company.

    However there are a lot of what ifs here.

    What if she doesn't return?
    What if she only returns part-time?
    What if someone else leaves the company?
    What if someone else goes on leave (maternity/unpaid)?
    What if someone goes off sick?
    What if business picks up and they need the additional staff?

    The best thing to do is speak to your manager about this and voice your concerns. If you have only been there 3 months, you are likely to be there for at least another 3-9 months if she is on maternity leave (she could choose to have up to 12 months off, and less than 6 months is unlikely).

    Maybe the next time you are having a review meeting or discussion about your performance/development, just mention you are aware she might return from maternity leave and wondered on how they thought that might impact your role/responsibilities.
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    They aren't obligated have to give her that specific job, but they have to allow her to return to a job of the same level.

    They could ask you to leave if she came back - your length of service would mean you wouldn't be as protected as other staff. Redundancy could be a fairly easy option given the size of the company.

    However there are a lot of what ifs here.

    What if she doesn't return?
    What if she only returns part-time?
    What if someone else leaves the company?
    What if someone else goes on leave (maternity/unpaid)?
    What if someone goes off sick?
    What if business picks up and they need the additional staff?

    The best thing to do is speak to your manager about this and voice your concerns. If you have only been there 3 months, you are likely to be there for at least another 3-9 months if she is on maternity leave (she could choose to have up to 12 months off, and less than 6 months is unlikely).

    Maybe the next time you are having a review meeting or discussion about your performance/development, just mention you are aware she might return from maternity leave and wondered on how they thought that might impact your role/responsibilities.
    Thanks for the reply.

    I will ask my manager tomorrow. Had an appraisal the other day but it wasn't in my thinking at all until today. I'm off probation so that's a good thing.

    Surely they would have advertised the position as 'covering maternity leave' if the intention wasn't to keep me permanently?

    I'd like to think they thought all of this through and they would have told me that if she comes back I'm out of a job. They must have some sort of plan. Guess I'll find out.

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    (Original post by CaptainDarling)
    Thanks for the reply.

    I will ask my manager tomorrow. Had an appraisal the other day but it wasn't in my thinking at all until today. I'm off probation so that's a good thing.

    Surely they would have advertised the position as 'covering maternity leave' if the intention wasn't to keep me permanently?

    I'd like to think they thought all of this through and they would have told me that if she comes back I'm out of a job. They must have some sort of plan. Guess I'll find out.

    Cheers
    More than likely they have thought about it and I think there is a strong chance that she won't come back full time, and so will keep you on. I wouldn't rush into the conversation if its something you have just thought about - 1) you have plenty of time and 2) you might think about how you approach the conversations so it seems you are less anxious and more proactive.
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    Maybe not that reassuring, but you don't know, why they came to the conclusion to hire you. So there is still the possibility, that the (maybe-non-)returning employee was not connected at all to the decision to hire you. And with three month, you are still in the beginning and not able to say "she will do exactly, what I will do". In most cases your managers will have a plan, what to do with you and the returning employee will have been in contact with them, so that it is no surprise to them.
 
 
 
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