The right to reduced hours after maternity leave
I work in the public health system. My NUM told me that the only way I can reduce my hours when I get back from parental leave is to resign my job and go casual. Is that right?
No, you do not have to resign your permanent position and we would encourage you not to, as you will forfeit your rights to entitlements such as sick leave and FACS leave. When you return from maternity leave you have a right to request reduced hours, to manage your parental responsibilities under clause 34 D, subclause (i) (c) of the Public Health System Nurses’ and Midwives’ (State) Award. I would suggest writing to your manager to outline your circumstances and request they reconsider your request. If this is further declined, please contact the Association for further advice and assistance.