I have been there for 4.5 years.
Yes. I am due to return in December but have a phased return to work over a period of 3 months which my hospital's occupational therapist has recommended and this has been agreed by my occ health at work, however I really can't see that happening with management due to short staff etc.
If I were to return to work and immediately serve notice (which is one month's notice), what are the consequences?
I also have a lot of annual leave which runs Sept - Sept so my leave from last year (2014/15) up to Sept has been rolled over to add to my new leave from the start of Sept (2015/16). Could I use leave during my notice period?
Do I need to wait until my sickness period is over before serving notice?
There is a Notice section in the Ts&Cs of the staff handbook and it states:
'The minimum period of notice to which staff are entitled is as prescribed by employment legislation i.e. one week's notice in writing for every complete year of service up to a maximum of 12 weeks, except during probation'
So I assume 4 weeks notice is correct?
Thanks very much for your answer.
-Just to clarify, if I were to serve notice before my return to work date eg if I served notice in November, I would still receive full pay for the month's notice period even though I am on half pay/sick pay? Would I have to fight for that or should the HR department automatically do that as part of law?
-If I don't serve notice until or after my return to work date ie 1st December, can I request that I use my remaining leave for the notice period?
-Is it my right to use leave should I choose? And if I still have leave remaining after my notice period, would I get paid for that?
-Would I have to account for why I want to quit? For example, it is known that you can't go for another job interview whilst on sick leave. This is not what I am planning on doing but I am worried that if I were to just serve notice, could my employer wrongly suspect I have taken another job or been going for interviews?
I would want to leave knowing that I can count on obtaining a good reference from them in the future.
Thank you, ***** ***** all my bases so I can consider how to proceed.
Thanks for clarifying. One final question, if I return for a month or so on a phased return (so only working part time - a few hours a week for a couple of days) and they lower my pay accordingly (this has not been discussed yet) and during the phased return I serve notice, they still have to pay full pay for the notice period?
Thank you for your assistance.