Hello, my name is ***** ***** it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. What are you hoping to achieve in this situation?
My employer has emailed twice to ask me when I will reply and confirm I can be flexible about leaving at 5pm. I do not think I can so should I respond and say I cannot commit to working after 5pm due to child care commitments. There are 5 other managers in the office and other capable seniors that could assist with urgent matters between 5-5,30pm and I cannot see any reason why I would specifically be required to deal with a task that no other person could assist with. Also, if I am considering handing in my notice because they cannot offer me work at a local office closer to home should I tell them this now? I don't want to jeopardise my SMP between now and 1 March 2015 by saying I am considering not returning.....
If you cannot do the proposed hours then of course you should advise them of this and make it clear that this is not going to be possible. There is no point in avoiding the issue at this point and you need to tell them exactly how you stand so that they do not assume that it is still a possibility in the future. If you wanted to resign as a result then you do not have to tell them now - you can tell them as late as when you decide to hand in your notice. You could mention that it is likely to lead to you resigning in the future, hoping that it may prompt them to reconsider their position, but they cannot dismiss you if you had hinted at leaving later on, so whether you tell them now or later would not affect your rights to maternity pay because they cannot dismiss you or take any other aciton if you had indicated you may be leaving in the future
Thanks for your quick reply!
you are most welcome