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Hello, Im currently on the 4th week of sick leave signed

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I'm currently on the 4th week of sick leave signed off by GP. Checked my email yesterday to find notification that I've been selected for voluntary redundancy option. I have until 16th of this month to respond yes or no to this VR option however I have already previously notified my employer that I'm signed off until the 17th. I have 6 years of service. What is my position? Thank you.
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Employment Law
Expert:  taratill replied 4 years ago.
Hello and welcome to Just Answer, are you asking if it appropriate for your employer to give you more time given that you are off sick?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

They do imply in the VR notification that if there extenuating circumstances then there is a response option for that.


Could my being on sick leave be a factor in their selection of me for VR?


If I took the VR option whilst on sick leave would there be any grounds for constructive dismissal?


Expert:  taratill replied 4 years ago.
Thank you can you tell me the reason you are off sick at the moment. I am about to pop into a meeting that will last about an hour but will get back to you as soon as possible after that.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Mental health issue brought on by stress.

Expert:  taratill replied 4 years ago.
Hi sorry for the delay I was a bit longer than I expected. Is the mental health issue long term and does it have a significant impact on your ability to carry out day to day activities?

Also can you tell me if the stress is work related or not?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.

Hi - no not long term and will probably be returning to work next week.


Have spent a year driving 600 miles a week staying away from home - so yes stress related

Expert:  taratill replied 4 years ago.
Had you raised a grievance about this at work?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Expert:  taratill replied 4 years ago.
Hi I am sorry I was called away for a few days, would you still like help with this?