Hiya, I work for my inlaws and with my husband, we are a small family run company. My husband has just come home and mentioned to me that after a chat with his dad, his dad mentioned that he was thinking about swapping my role from accounts back to admin in preparation for me going on maternity leave. The lady they have got in to do my role when I am on leave is a friend of my mother in laws and has no accounts training and is admin based. I said that I would rather they got someone in who knew accounts so it seems to me like they are changing my job role solely to fit my maternity cover. My boss said he is going to get a woman from our accountant in to cover the accounts side of things. Now my mother in law is meant to do the admin for the company but is useless and I really think they are using the maternity leave thing as an excuse so I can go back to covering for her.
I am really angry that they talked about this with my husband in the first place as I don't think it's appropriate for him to come home and tell me that. So my original question is, legally can you have your job role changed because you are going on maternity leave?