• Pregnant Then Screwed Joeli
    Work It Out is a forum by Mother Pukka and Pregnant Then Screwed for working parents, and parents to be, who have been pushed out and pushed to the edge by their employers. We want people to use this forum to navigate the murky world of work and parenting.

    Lurking in the background are experts, moderators and mentors. These are people that can support you to find answers to your questions and offer specialised support. If you need their assistance then ask them a direct question, using the @ button on the menu above.

    Experts can answer your questions on specific questions
    @Danielle from Gorvins Solicitors is an employment lawyer from Gorvins Solicitors who specialises in pregnancy, maternity and paternity discrimination
    @Anna from HR Puzzle founded HR Puzzle and is an expert in flexible working. She can help you make a flexible working request and can answer questions on when the best time to do this might be.
    @Helen Guilty Mothers Club founded the Guilty Mothers Club, she is an expert in confidence, how to have an effective return to work after parental leave, and a coach.
    @Louise D-S Founded the Daisy Chain, she specialises in flexible working
    @Andrea Jennings is a HR specialist who can answer questions on discrimination and flexible working
    @Imelda Bamford Carter is Head of Events for 923 Recruitment - a specialist recruitment agency for flexible working.
    @Cheney Hamilton is the founder of Mummy Jobs and Daddy Jobs - a specialist recruitment agency for working parents
    @Helena Curtis from This Mama Rocks has a background in HR and now coaches working mums to grow amazing careers and families without burning out.
    @Rheafrom By Day. They specialise in matching project based work with flexible professionals

    Moderators are on the site to ensure people act in accordance with the Forum Rules and they can also sign post you to answers and support
    @Catherine Greslow
    @Sally Buckle
    @Holly Pither
    @Kathleen Kristiansen
    @Dawn Chilvers
  • Marie Mutter
    Searching for sabbatical refusal advice. I recently returned to my teaching job from maternity leave. I knew childcare was impossibly expensive for two and so requested a year’s sabbatical, following a four month return period. I was told (informally) that it should be very simple. The day I returned to work (four months later) I was called into a meeting and told that the local authority ‘didn’t do sabbaticals’. I was crushed as it was too late to organise any firm of childcare and I didn’t want to resign. I also wanted to believe that this was true. I have since regained some confidence and decided to call the local authority. It’s not true. They said they actively encourage ‘employment breaks’. I don’t know what to do. I’ve resigned and will need a reference at some point, but I feel deeply let down by someone I thought to be a close friend and colleague. Any advice would be gratefully received x
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