After many years of (trying) to help others out on this forum with Silverfish inspired queries I'm hoping to call in a few favours and get some advice back.
After giving birth to our son about 4 months ago Chloethesilverfish is currently about halfway through her maternity leave from the company in which she works.
She was working in a fairly senior position and has been there for two and half years.
Today she was called into a meeting and has been informed that due to restructures there are redundancies in the pipeline and as such the entire team will have to re-apply and re-interview for any remaining jobs.
The whole team has also been informed that the jobs they did before no longer exsist and so the options avaiable to them are to fight it out for similar positions or take a lower paid role.
My main questions are. . .
1) Due to being on maternity leave my wife feels that being forced to re-interview puts her at a disadvantage. Especially as the interview could be a 'residential' over a number of days which would make it almost impossible for her to attend. Is this fair? Can they do that?
2) Before all of this Chloethesilverfish always intended to return to work part time - what now seems to be the case is that the pay grade she was on is only available working 4 days a week minimum otherwise she has to take a lower pay grade. Ideally she wants to work three days a week, can they force her to take a lower paid job if she wants to work 3 days?
We're a bit confused by the whole thing really and as the organisation so far has been terrible (she was only informed of todays meeting by a letter that arrived this morning, the date for voluntary redundancy passed before she was even informed, the HR department haven't returned her calls, etc) we're not especially confident of getting the right information from her managers.
Any help anyone out there has is gratefully received.