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Ben, most of my current employment terms are verbal. Initially when I began working for the Nursery in 2008, it was funded partly by Local Authority and partly by nursery as support for a child with additional support needs. Once that child left the nursery, the owner requested that I stay on, solely employed by her and we discussed rates of pay etc but I do not seem to have this in writing. My terms were 4 days per week ( 8 hours ) at £7.00 per hour.
Following surgery, I have been unable to return to work for full days and it was verbally agreed that I would return on half shifts - 5 hours per day. I was never given a new written contract however on my "phased return to work" forms completed by my employer, it has been noted that I have physical limitations i.e. lifting, bending.
My employer is also aware that I am currently taking prescription pain relief for this condition and has facilitated a half-hour break during the day to allow me to take pain medication with a meal as instructed by my doctor.
During my time with this employer, I have always worked with the older children and feel that my employer is trying to place me in a new position which is physically more demanding than I will be unable to carry out.