Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. How long have you worked there please?
Hi, it is not uncommon for employees to try and postpone disciplinary hearings, whether because they are signed off sick or because they feel they were not given enough notice and so on.
Whilst there is no specific law that details this, in circumstances where the employee is unable to attend due to unforeseeable circumstances beyond their control, the employer should arrange another meeting.
If an employee fails to attend the first meeting arranged, it will usually be good practice for the employer to re-arrange the meeting to an alternative date in order to give the employee a further chance to attend.
If the employee is still absent after a period of time the employer may, subject to the employee's consent, obtain medical advice as to whether the employee is fit to attend a disciplinary hearing and, if not, when they are likely to be. This may be obtained from either the employee's own GP or an independent doctor such as occupational health.
So the initial meeting now should be postponed until they try and work out whether you are fit to attend and depending on the outcome of that assessment – they should consider arranging a new meeting or delaying it until such a time when you are actually fit to attend. Also attending the health assessment on its own should not result in them making a decision you are fit to attend – it is one thing turning up to an assessment, another is facing a formal disciplinary where your job is on the line and you are expected to answer numerous questions and formally defend yourself.
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