Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. If your score on sickness absence was better would you avoid redundancy?Please note I am going offline now so will respond in the morning, thanks
Hi, assuming that you work full time (5 days a week), then in a year there would be a total of 253 working days. Therefore when the employer calculates your absence score they will divide the total number of absences by the total number of working days to arrive at a score for your absence percentage. So if you had 13 days off in November, then if you divide 13 by 235, you get a score of 5.1% absence.
Whilst it is unfortunate that the reasons for the absence were such tragic circumstances, the employer can treat them in the same way as any other absence. The only exception would be if it was linked to a long term medical condition, which could include depression, but you need to show that it was depression that lasted for more than a year, something that seriously affects your normal day to day activities.
It is also worth checking whether you have a bereavement policy in work – a policy that allows you time off in the event of a death in the family. If such a policy exists then you should have been given the time off in accordance with the policy rather than have it treated as sick leave so check if that is the case.
Hope this answers your query?
Please let me know if this has answered your original question or if you need me to clarify anything else for you in relation to this? Thanks