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24/07/2013 at 10:42
just after a bit of advice and perspective really. I'm due to go back to work at the end of Oct (In the NHS) I am currently trying to negotiate my reduced hours, my boss has stressed that she wants me to do keeping in touch days as the whole department has changed since I left, fair enough, except that I don't want to! As far as i'm concerned i'm on maternity leave and will deal with it when I return, I have to learn at some point, why does it have to be before I go back? KIP days are supposed to be optional but she's trying to make it compulsory.
My other reason for not wanting to is that I am seriously considering just returning for the 12 weeks I have to do in order to not repay maternity pay and then quitting to be a SAHM. So I have no incentive to be 'up to speed' for my return as it will all be for nothing anyway IFSWIM.
I really don't like my job so really don't want to have to do back a day before I have to, but obviously I can't say that to my boss, so what can I say? Am I just being a stroppy brat and throwing my toys out the pram? Her pushiness/bullying is one of the reasons I hate the job in the first place :-( Sorry if rambly. x
24/07/2013 at 10:45
I wouldn't w want to do them either. Could you say that you don't have child care ? It woulda be very difficult to find child care for odd days like that.
24/07/2013 at 10:48
Just make excuses - you don't need to do them. The only reason I did them last time was to get paid for them as I was broke (I get SMP and that's it).
24/07/2013 at 10:54
If you don't want to do them don't do them. I didn't do any as it wasn't financially worth it (I was still on smp when I went back to work). I would just say I am returning on this date and will arrive at your usual time and we can discuss the changes then and that's when you will next see them. They can't make you do them.
As JB says I would just say you're unable to get childcare.
24/07/2013 at 11:00
I have tried telling myself to just think of the money, add it to the SAHM fund, but I resent being pushed into it against my will. I rang HR to find out where I stand and their response was 'KIP days are useful...' err, thanks. Maybe I will say about lack of childcare although I can imagine that will be a red rag to a bull! My boss is in her 40's single, no kids, never wanted them, all about the career, and is totally unsympathetic to childcare needs etc.
She has said my request for 2 day return is not acceptable and won't meet the needs of the department, she says I have to do at least 3 days. So I suspect I will have to go in for a meeting with her and HR to try and fight that one, so she'll be able to pressurise me then too :-(
24/07/2013 at 11:40
I'm self employed so got maternity allowance so may be completely different but I planned to return to work (for example) on the 1st of the month but instead I started my kit days from the 1st and officially started back on the 15th, so I dIdn't return to work early to do them, does that make sense?
24/07/2013 at 11:54
I also work for the NHS it does state (in my policy!) that they are optional I would get in touch with your HR department and speak to them to about it sure they will back you! :)
24/07/2013 at 11:55
You don't have to do KIT days, your HR Department should advise you better. Put it in writing that you are on ML and will be unable to schedule any KIT days during this time but if they want to keep you up to date with changes in the department they can advise you by letter or email, and include a quote from CAB or gov.uk.
"You are under no obligation to work them and your employer is under no obligation to offer them to you." www.adviceguide.org.uk/.../maternity_leave.htm
24/07/2013 at 12:55
You defnintely don't have to do them, Sshh's response is perfect and you can also ask for an hour on your first day back to be set aside for a catch up or for them to schedule any update training for your first few days then you'll be up to date
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