Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q: My maternity leave is almost finished and I have to bring my baby to the creche. The ones in my area open at 8 am so I would need to start my working day at 8.30 instead of 8am. I am still waiting for a response from my company but can they deny my request? Thanks.


A: Strictly speaking the employer can refuse but most employers are supportive of staff with child care responsibilities.

My advice is to make a proposal to them as to how you can make up the 30 minutes difference and meet you own personal requirements to drop off your baby at your chosen creche. 

I presume you have considered all the other alternatives of someone else dropping off your baby, using a different child care provider etc.