Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there please?
Apologies for the slight delay, I experienced some temporary connection issues earlier on. All seems to be resolved now so I can continue with my advice. What is the reason for your sickness absence?
This breakdown you are going through - how long has it lasted and how long is it likely before you are recovered?
If you have been continuously employed at your place of work for less than 2 years then your employment rights will unfortunately be somewhat limited. Most importantly, you will not be protected against unfair dismissal. This means that your employer can dismiss you for more or less any reason, and without following a fair procedure, as long as their decision is not based on discriminatory grounds (i.e. because of gender, race, religion, age, a disability, sexual orientation, etc.) or because you were trying to assert any of your statutory rights (e.g. requesting maternity/paternity leave, etc.). To be a disability a condition must have lasted or be likely to last for at least 12 months and have a substantially adverse effect on your ability to carry out you normal day to day activities. It does not appear that your conditions would satisfy that requirement.
If the dismissal had nothing to do with any of the above exceptions then you would not be able to challenge it and your only protection would be if you were not paid your contractual notice period, because unless you were dismissed for gross misconduct, you would be entitled to receive your contractual notice period. If you did not have a written contract in place you would be entitled to the minimum statutory notice period of 1 week. Your employer would either have to allow you to work that notice period and pay you as normal, or they will have to pay you in lieu of notice.
they should still be sensitive to any absence and try not to contact you unnecessarily as it may eventually amount to harassment. It will not prevent any potential dismissal
The law states that a person must not pursue a course of conduct which amounts to harassment of another and which he or she knows or ought to know amounts to harassment. Although there is no definition of what specifically amounts to harassment, it would usually include alarming a person or causing them distress and must have occurred on at least two occasions.
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