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Hello, my name is XXXXX XXXXX it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today.
How long have you worked there for?
Is there a formal policy at work that requires a return to work interview after only 2 days absence?
Yes Ive worked there 5 years give or take a couple of months, and its a formal return to work interview. I do them myself since I am a manager, and we do have to delve quite deep. its expected
OK, thank you, XXXXX XXXXX this with me - I will look into this for you, get my response ready and get back to you on here. No need to wait around and you will get an email when I have responded, thank you
Oh and Hi Ben!
thank you, XXXXX XXXXX to return to work tomorrow, Im jsut not keen on haveing my personal buisness discussed with people that I know are less than discreet or sympathetic. I shall await your email. Thanks!
Thanks for your patience. An employer can require certain information or evidence from an employee if they have been absent on sick leave. As far as the law stands then the following considerations are important:
Ok so aside from the pay issue, which is really very unimportant. I do not have to according to employment law disclose a confidential matter in a return to work interview. If I choose not to discuss it with my manager the only consiquence is that they can refuse to pay me sick pay?
the other potential issue that may arise is if they believe that the absence was not genuine and by failing to provide any details of why you were absent they may get suspicious and it could fuel the argument that you did not have a genuine reason to be off. That is when it may become a potential disciplinary matter but it is when you can defend it by providing any required evidence to defend yourself, but I would hope it would not get that far anyway
Gosh who knows - its a big blue chip company and they take a dim view on absence in any form.
If they do persue me on this I can ask to speak with a proper medical person ie an occupational nurse or soemthing like that?
we dont have one but i know they have secured the services of one in the past
if it gets that far then you could request it, or you could get your own GP to write something that is conservative with the facts but confirms you had reasons to see them and take the time off
Yeh that sounds good, get the GP in the case. Its not about the treatment or condition itself its more about the assumptions employers make. The other thing is Im quite young to be going through this and I have overheard managers and others speak of certain women (older than me) being menopausal and unable to cope anymore. I dont want that said about me.
Yes I understand. Gossip in the workplace can be quite upsetting. See how it goes and use the above as needed. A lot is speculation at this point because I simply can't predict how they will deal with this and it is a matter of evaluating your position and options and things develop
OK thanks for your help, I will let you know what happens tomorrow and come back to you if I need more advice! :)
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